Prolinnova–Kenya at Dublin conference on climate justice

In mid-April 2013, three members of the Prolinnova–Kenya platform – Simon Masila, a smallholder farmer innovator from Machakos; Chris Macoloo, World Neighbors Regional Associate President for Africa; and Teresiah Ng’ang’a, Prolinnova–Kenya coordinator – took part in the international conference in Dublin on “Hunger–Nutrition–Climate Justice: Putting People at the Heart of Global Development”. This was convened by the Government of Ireland and the Mary Robinson Foundation in partnership with the World Food Programme and the international research programme CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security). It brought together about 300 people ranging from global thought leaders to local people from marginalised communities.

Prolinnova at CCAFS Science Meeting in California

On behalf of Prolinnova, as part of its collaboration with the CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) Research Program, Ann Waters-Bayer attended the CCAFS Science Meeting on “Achieving more impact through connecting, engaging and learning with communities and other key actors”, 18–19 March 2013 in Bodega Bay, California. The meeting showcased past and ongoing participatory work and experiences from CCAFS and the wider CGIAR and looked at ways in which participatory (social learning) approaches could inform and improve current and future CCAFS work. More information about the meeting, including the final report, can be found on the wiki (http://ccsl.wikispaces.com/CCAFS+Science+meeting+2013). 

Prolinnova-Uganda Local Innovation Support Fund (LISF) implementer’s guide

Prolinnova-Uganda would like to share her experience of piloting Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs). The guide has been drawn from experience of four years (2007-11) of piloting and has been compiled to inform and guide institutions and organisations that would want to support innovation processes with such a funding mechanism.

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Re-imagining Agricultural Research in Development at WorldFish

On 29–31 January 2013, the CGIAR Research Programme on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) held a dialogue on “Re-imagining Agricultural Research in Development”. It invited about 45 researchers, practitioners and policymakers in agricultural research and development (ARD) for the 3-day dialogue at the WorldFish centre in Penang, Malaysia. Ann Waters-Bayer, ETC Foundation, a member of the Prolinnova International Support Team, took part on behalf of the Prolinnova network.

Strategy for upscaling Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs) in Ghana and Ethiopia

Under the transition phase of FAIR (Farmer Access to Innovation Resources), multistakeholder Country Platforms that have been piloting LISFs have analysed their experiences and have developed LISF models that they consider suitable for the specific context of their respective countries. They have also developed strategies for scaling up the LISF The first reports have been finalised - watch this space for more:

LISF model and upscaling scenarios for Ghana by Franklin Avornyo (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Animal Research Institute), Zimi Alhassan (Ministry of Food and Agriculture) and Joseph Nchor (Association of Church-based Development Projects) 

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Climate change, innovation and gender

Prolinnova and the CGIAR Research Program on CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) are collaborating in exploring the linkages between innovation and climate-change mitigation and adaptation through a gender lens. This work involves a workshop to be held in Cambodia in April 2013 plus follow-on collaboration to support women smallholder farmers' innovation in several countries.

International Farmer Innovation Day: Prolinnova-India

The International Farmer Innovation Day was celebrated by Prolinnova-India on 29 November 2012 at Chinoni campus of INHERE. Mr Manoj Singh Gosai, Agriculture Development Officer (ADO), Chaukhutia, Distt Almora, presided over the meeting, which was facilitated by Mr Girish Chandra Pant, INHERE. Government officials, farmers and NGO members participated in the day-long meeting to understand innovation, its need and sensitivity to recognising and promoting innovation by farmers.

The participants were introduced to the International Farmer Innovation Day and its celebration by the Country Platforms in the Prolinnova global network seeking to given recognition to the contribution of farmers to agricultural research and knowledge creation.

Report on Local Innovation Support Funds in Tanzania

As the second in a series of country reports presenting the findings and lessons learnt in the action research on Local Innovation Support Funds, Prolinnova-Tanzania is proud to announce its recent publication FAIR Lessons learnt on facilitating Local Innovation Support Funds in Tanzania. It describes and assesses the structure, functioning, process and results of LISFs in the Southern Highlands and Central Zone of Tanzania. In its concluding chapters, it points to a number of opportunities as well as potential barriers for upscaling the successfully piloted LISF approach within larger agricultural development and research programmes and organisations in the country.

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