New Misereor project LINEX-CCA in Asia !

On 1 January 2012 a new regional programme was started by Prolinnova partners in Cambodia, India and Nepal. “Local INnovation and EXperimentation: an entry point to Climate-Change Adaptation for sustainable livelihoods in Asia“ is known as LINEX–CCA for short. Misereor, Germany, has approved activities for three years. The content coordination of LINEX–CCA lies with LI-BIRD in Nepal, the administrative coordination with CEDAC in Cambodia. The overall aim is, by using participatory innovation development (PID), to improve the livelihoods of rural communities, especially women, that depend on agriculture and are vulnerable to climate change. Also the capacities of local organisations will be strengthened to support these innovating, experimenting and adapting communities. Evidence will be provided to feed into policy dialogue at national and international level, designed to increase recognition of local capacities and initiatives in dealing with climate change.

African & global extension network meetings in Kenya

Prolinnova was represented by Ann Waters-Bayer of the International Support Team (IST) at the “Showcasing Event” of the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) on 12 November 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya, and at the Second Annual Meeting of the Global Forum on Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) on 13–14 November, also in Nairobi. At the AFAAS meeting, Salim Nahdy was appointed the Executive Director; he was previously with the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) in Uganda, one of the partners in the Prolinnova–Uganda platform. For own work with multi-stakeholder platform for agricultural research and development, Prolinnova partners worldwide may find particularly useful the AFAAS guidelines for “Establishing and Strengthening AFAAS Country Forums”.

Assessing impact of grassroots innovation: Prolinnova–SA paper at GLOBELICS

Brigid Letty from the Institute of Natural Resources (INR) in South Africa, a member of Prolinnova-South Africa, attended the GLOBELICS (Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems)Conference in Argentina in November 2011. She presented a paper on “Assessing the impact of grassroots innovation in agriculture” (Brigid Letty, Zanele Shezi & Maxwell Mudhara), which explored two cases of grassroots innovation that had been supported through Prolinnova and FAIR (Farmer Access to Innovation Resources).

Strengthening multistakeholder partnerships in Tanzania

Based on six years of experience in facilitating the Prolinnova-Tanzania platform, the coordinating organisation PELUM Tanzania compiled contributions of partners, including farmer innovators, into a booklet entitled Strengthening multistakeholder partnerships: experiences from Prolinnova-Tanzania. The work was co-funded by EED (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst), Germany, and the Dutch Government through DGIS and the International Prolinnova Secretariat at ETC Foundation in the Netherlands. The publication includes case studies of farmer-led joint experimentation.

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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