Prolinnova at CTA conference: innovation in agricultural extension

The experience of Prolinnova partners in piloting Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs) was presented at a session on “Learning networks” at the international conference "Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services" held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15-18 November 2011. The conference was organised by CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU) and GFRAS (Global Forum on Rural Advisory Services) to review current policies, thinking and practice in agricultural advisory services and to build a coalition of farmers, development practitioners and policymakers to meet the needs of smallholder farmers.

Prolinnova contribution to 2011 State of the World

In the book 2011 State of the World: Innovations that nourish the planet recently published by the Wordwatch Institute in Washington DC, Prolinnova contributed a chapter on ‘Farmers take the lead in research and development’ (authors: Brigid Letty, Qureish Noordin, Saidou Magagi and Ann Waters-Bayer).

Pastoralist Innovation: Prolinnova at Future of Pastoralism conference

Some results of Prolinnova’s exploratory study into local innovation in the face of climate change were presented by Yohannes GebreMichael (University of Addis Ababa) from Prolinnova-Ethiopia at the recent conference on “The Future of Pastoralism in Africa”, held 21–23 March 2011 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Empowering women livestock-keepers to make decisions!

A member of the Prolinnova International Support Team, Ann Waters-Bayer (ETC Netherlands, Leusden), was a speaker at the "Workshop on Gender and Market Oriented Agriculture (AgriGender2011): From Research to Practice" that the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) hosted on its campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in early February. At the workshop, she made a presentation co-authored with Brigid Letty (Natural Resources Institute, Pietermaritzburg), member of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) and coordinator of the Prolinnova network in South Africa. In their paper, which was also recently published in the book "The Role of Livestock in Developing Communities", they describe ways to promote gender equality and to empower women through livestock development, including co-management of Local Innovation Support Funds to promote local farmer-led experimentation and innovation.

Booklet on farmer-led joint research published!

This is the third in a series of booklets that collect experiences of Prolinnova partners from diverse countries in promoting participatory agricultural research and development in ways that enhance local innovation capacities. The nine case studies in the booklet describe how Prolinnova partners have tried to bring different stakeholders – scientists, extensionists, development agents and others – to support farmers in further improving or adapting innovations. Based on these experiences, the booklet draws some important lessons for ensuring that farmers take the lead in multi-stakeholder processes of agricultural research and development. The booklet can be downloaded at:

(Prolinnova publication 2010)

Inception workshop to build Prolinnova-Cameroon from 23-24 September 2010!

On 23-24 September 2010, 41 participants (15 women and 26 men) gathered in Yaoundé in a workshop for the launching and planning  of the platform for local farmer-led innovation. The key outcomes of the workshop were:

  • The NGO COSADER has been nominated as spearhead of the platform.
  • A  reflection group with 5 NGOs was formed around COSADER. The other members of the group are AIDER, ODECO, IRAD, CAPEF and CRAFEJE.
  • The Cameroon plan of action was adopted.
  • A declaration named a “Yaounde statement” was adopted.
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