Prolinnova International Secretariat moves to KIT !

Since 1 July 2015, the Prolinnova International Secretariat is hosted by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. See below the announcement in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. We thank ETC Foundation for hosting the Secretariat since the launch of Prolinnova until now!

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

New book on farmers’ innovation from Prolinnova-Ethiopia

Best Practice Association (BPA) and the Institute or Sustainable Development (ISD) have brought together the innovative practices of smallholder farmers in a book called “Best practices of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia” (insert link). The stories documented in the book give recognition to and celebrate the innovative capacity of Ethiopian farmers and are meant to inspire other farmers as well as professionals in agricultural research and development. This is the second book in the series “Stories of change at the grassroots”.

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Farmer Innovation Fair in Bolivia

Prolinnova-Bolivia and its partners are organising its first Farmer Innovation Fair to celebrate the International Farmer Innovation Day on 29 November 2015. The purpose of the fair is to make visible the importance of the contribution of farmers to agricultural research and to agricultural and social development in the country. The description of the event can be found here and the registration form here.

Can grassroots innovation bring global solutions?

This was the topic of a Global Discourse in September 2015 at the Centre for Development Research (CDR) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. The discussants were Ann Waters-Bayer from Prolinnova/KIT and international consultant Lemlem Sissay Fetene, moderated by Birgit Habermann from CDR/BOKU. A summary of the discussion can be found here:

Prolinnova at WRF Global Conference on Family Farming

During the V Global Conference “Let’s Build the Future: Family Farming” organised by the World Rural Forum (WRF) on 21–23 September 2015 in Bilbao, a roundtable on linking family farmers’ organisations and research centres was held.

Four POG members attend GFAR Constituent Assembly

Four members of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), each representing his/her regional constituency, took part in the Constituent Assembly of the GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 24–26 August 2015: 

Farmer-led research featured at Food Security Centre in Germany

In July 2015, the study on farmer-led research made by the Prolinnova team based in the Netherlands was featured in the “FSC in Dialog” series of the Food Security Centre (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim in southern Germany.

Ann Waters-Bayer, a member of the International Support Team of Prolinnova, was invited to speak on "Attaining and sustaining food security through farmer-led research". 

Farmer innovators’ views on capacity to innovate

During the West African Farmer Innovation Fair on 15–16 May 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Jean-Marie Diop on behalf of Prolinnova interviewed farmer exhibitors to gain insight into their perspectives of what enhances and constraints local innovation. 

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