Prolinnova at GCARD2 in Uruguay

The approach of Prolinnova partners to agricultural research and development (ARD) and experiences in investing directly in farmer experimentation and innovation were presented at the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2), held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, 29 October to 1 November 2012. GCARD2 was hosted by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and focused on ways to implement the GCARD roadmap, with emphasis on foresight, partnership and capacity building for innovation and impact on smallholder livelihoods.

Prolinnova and CCAFS linking knowledge to action

The Prolinnova international network, hosted by ETC Foundation, has entered into a partnership with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to explore approaches that enhance knowledge-to-action linkages among actors in agricultural innovation systems. The initiative, in collaboration with scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) on behalf of CCAFS, commenced in October 2012 with a 3-month inception period to plan collaboration in 2013-15.

Rockefeller Foundation supports new initiative in eastern Africa: CLIC-SR

Drawing on its experiences of promoting farmer-led joint innovation, the international Prolinnova network is applying this approach in building local adaptive capacities and strengthening community resilience to change, including climate change (CC). Rockefeller Foundation has approved a proposal by the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda for a 3-year project that aims to:
 

TVEAP’s tribute to Yang Saing Koma – Country Coordinator, PROLINNOVA Cambodia

As you may remember, TVEAP did several interviews with several Prolinnova members whilst shooting footage for the video which was finalised and launched at the IPW in March 2011. According to Manori Wijesekera, TVEAP’s roving director, one of the most inspiring interviews was the one with Yang Saing Koma – Country Programme Coordinator of Prolinnova Cambodia. When Koma was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award in June this year, TVEAP paid a tribute to him on their website: http://www.tveap.org/?q=node/618

Yang Saing Koma, Prolinnova–Cambodia Country Coordinator, receives Ramon Magsaysay Award 2012!!!

We, as the growing family of Prolinnova in 20 countries, join hands to offer hearty congratulations to Yang Saing Koma of Cambodia on receiving the prestigious Ramon Magsayay Award for 2012. Congratulations are also extended to the team at CEDAC Cambodia, who are committed to serving the smallholder farming communities of their country.

Koma, as he is known to many of us, is the Country Programme Coordinator and visionary leader of Prolinnova-Cambodia. He has been recognised for his untiring efforts and inspiring leadership, and – as aptly summarised by the Award Foundation – for “his creative fusion of practical science and collective will that has inspired and enabled vast numbers of farmers in Cambodia to become more empowered and productive contributors to their country’s economic growth.”

New booklet of farmer-led documentation published !

Farmer-led documentation: learning from Prolinnova experiences is the fourth in a series of booklets that collects experiences of Prolinnova partners from diverse countries in promoting participatory agricultural research and development in ways that enhance local innovation capacities. It captures the experiences of network partners in giving farmers a key role in documenting their own experiences and innovations. It starts with a short introduction to farmer-led documentation (FLD) and summarises how the approach has been developed within the network thus far. More details on hands-on implementation of FLD are described in the five cases based on pilot activities undertaken in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, South Africa and Sudan. The booklet concludes with some key lessons drawn from these experiences and highlights some points for consideration in pursuing the FLD approach.

Welcome to Prolinnova-India!

At the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) meeting in Bamako, Mali, in mid-March 2012, a new Country Platform (CP) was accepted into the Prolinnova Global Partnership Programme (GPP): Prolinnova-India. We welcome this newest member in our multi-stakeholder community of practice under the umbrella of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research for Development (GFAR).

Prolinnova-India is coordinated by Ms Sonali Bisht, Director of INHERE (Institute of Himalayan Environmental Research and Education). This youngest CP is already involved in a new regional initiative called LINEX-CCA: Local INnovation and EXperimentation: an entry point to Climate-Change Adaptation for sustainable livelihoods in Asia – together with the CPs in Cambodia and Nepal. LINEX-CCA is funded by Misereor, Germany.

LISF case in sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems

The case of Local Innovation Support Funds (LISF) under the initiative known as FAIR (Farmer Access to Innovation Resources), currently funded by Rockefeller Foundation and implemented by eight Prolinnova Country Platforms in Africa and Asia, has been highlighted in the recently launched World Bank sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems. The paper “Providing farmers with direct access to innovation funds” by Bernard Triomphe et al can be found here.

Strengthening local resilience to climate change: the role of grassroots adaptation and PID

Prolinnova contribution to study day on strengthen local resilience to climate change

On 25 January 2012, Laurens van Veldhuizen from the Prolinnova International Secretariat attended a study day on community-based adaptation to climate change organised  by Germany-based Misereor. In his presentation, he shared the findings of the initial work on local innovation and climate-change adaptation undertaken by partners in Nepal, Niger and Ethiopia and outlined how a participatory innovation development (PID) approach can help strengthen local adaptive capacities. His PowerPoint presentation - incorporating some of the comments and findings from the discussions during the study day - can be found here.

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