About Prolinnova

PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecologically oriented agriculture and NRM  

VISION:    A world where women and men farmers play decisive roles in agricultural research and development for sustainable livelihoods

Prolinnova–Peru welcomed as Country Platform

In February 2018, the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) welcomed Prolinnova–Peru as a Country Platform (CP) within the international community of practice.

Prolinnova activities began in Peru already in 2005, when the regional network Prolinnova–Andes (composed of partners in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador) was created to promote local innovation processes and to learn from each other about farmer-led participatory innovation development (PID). Since then, some activities at regional and national level activities were carried out, including two regional workshops in 2005 and 2008 and an International Seminar on Participatory Methodological Processes in Peru in 2008. The activities in Peru were coordinated by the RAAA (Red de Acción en Agricultura Alternativa / Network for Action in Alternative Agriculture) based in Lima.

However, the regional collaboration then went dormant for a few years.

Cases of local innovation in Mozambique

Member organisations of Prolinnova-Mozambique contributed cases of local innovation to this catalogue that covers the period from 2008 to 2017. Most of these are cases that have been encountered during the partners' day-to-day interactions with smallholder farmers in the villages where the organisations work.

Proli-FaNS + African Regional Meeting in Kenya in May 2018

As part of the regionalisation of Prolinnova outlined in the network’s 2016–20 strategy, the focus in 2018 is on strengthening the subregional and regional networks. On 22–23 May 2018, the five Country Platforms (CPs) involved in the Proli-FaNS project will hold their annual sharing-and-learning meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The programme for these two days is being drawn up by Joe Nchor, Proli-FaNS coordinator based at ACDEP in northern Ghana. A third day (24 May) will be devoted to sharing about experiences with regionalisation of the network and planning how to work toward a Prolinnova–Africa network. The programme for this day is being drawn up by the two subregional coordinators: Amanuel Assefa for Eastern & Southern Africa and Georges Djohy for West & Central Africa. 

All Prolinnova CPs in Africa will be invited to Nairobi. They will need to generate own funding for travel, lodging and food. In some cases, CPs in countries neighbouring Kenya may be able to arrange less costly modes of travel to be able to take part in the African Regional Meeting.

Exchange visit to Mali between FaReNe project partners

For better sharing of experiences about farmer innovation, facilitating joint experimentation, setting up farmer innovator networks and managing Local Innovation Support Funds, an exchange visit between Burkina Faso and Mali was held on 6–8 October 2017 in the villages of Zeimbougou Mangoni, Nampasso, Kanouala, Nabougou and Nayo (Mali). The delegation from Burkina was made up of 10 persons: farmer innovators, women food processors and staff from Diobass, World Neighbors and Réseau MARP. The report below is in French.

Visite d’échange au Mali entre partenaires du projet FaReNe

University staff in Nepal learn about farmer-led joint research

Staff members of the Institute of Science and Technology (IOST) at Tribhuvan University and affiliated campuses joined a training programme on local innovation and farmer-led joint research, thanks to funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nuffic (Dutch organisation for internationalisation of higher education).

The training began with a 6-day residential workshop in March 2017 conducted in Nagarkot by Chesha Wettasinha of the Prolinnova International Secretariat at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and Basanta Rana Bhat of Ecoscentre in Nepal, with support from Dharma Dangol (IOST) and Suman Manandhar (UNDP) as resource persons. The training included visits to three peri-urban farmer innovators near Kathmandu involved in rooftop gardening, mushroom growing and nursery management. The trainees were highly impressed by the creativity of the farmer innovators.

Refreshing PID in Mozambique

In collaboration with Vicente Zefanias, Romualdo Rutazihana conducted a two-day refresher course in November 2017 for more than 20 participants from Prolinnova-Mozambique partner organisations. A third day was set aside for elections: one focal point was elected for each of the three provinces where the network is operating (Maputo, Gaza & Inhambane). The workshop participants asked Romualdo to take the chair of the National Steering Committee, as he has been with Prolinnova-Mozambique from the outset and has the longest institutional memory. During the same meeting, the network reviewed the new catalogue of local innovations to be published in December 2017.

AFAAS/GFRAS event on Developing Local Extension Capacity, Durban, South Africa

On 4 November 2017, upon the invitation of Max Olupot (AFAAS), Brigid Letty (a member of Prolinnova-South Africa and a member of the Prolinnova taskforce for the Eastern and Southern Africa Sub-region) attended an event that was a joint initiative of GFRAS (Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services) and AFAAS (African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services). It was a side event of the Joint Conference comprising the 3rd AFAAS Africa-wide Agricultural Extension Week and the 51st Annual Conference of the South African Society for Agricultural Extension.

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