Prolinnova contributes to QUNO’s global consultation on role of public sector in supporting small-scale farmers & agrobiodiversity

The Quakers United Nations Office (QUNO) invited Prolinnova to participate in a global consultation on the role of the public sector in supporting small-scale farmers and agricultural biological diversity. This is the first in a series called “Dialogue to Action “ (DtA) that QUNO is organising with the goals of: a) Raising awareness amongst national and international policymakers that small-scale farmers and the agricultural biodiversity they develop and maintain are a foundational component of resilient, sustainable food systems both locally and globally, and, b) Creating tools and other inputs to support intergovernmental institutions and national policymakers to assist them in developing and advancing policies in support of small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity.

Atelier Développement Participatif de l’Innovation (DPI) / PID training workshop in Burkina Faso

A subregional training was held for francophone partners in the Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security (Proli–FaNS) project. This project, funded by Misereor/KZE (Germany), is being implemented by Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. It aims to develop the innovative capacities of rural communities, particularly women, to improve food security, nutritional security and nutritional diversity so as to enhance their resilience to change.

Some guidelines for organising a Farmer Innovation Fair

In order to stimulate policymakers and practitioners to recognise farmer innovation in agricultural research and development (ARD), partners in the Prolinnova network have been developing and using various methods and tools for advocacy and lobbying. One of these is the Farmer Innovation Fair. These guidelines reflect the network’s experiences in organising and hosting such fairs, with a focus on the experiences gained from the West African Farmer Innovation Fair held in Ouagadougou in May 2015, hosted by INADES-Formation Burkina and the PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) multistakeholder platform in Burkina Faso:

Some guidelines for organising a Farmer Innovation Fair

Proli-FaNS webpage launched on this website

Promoting local innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FANS) is a 3-year project being implemented by Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya with funding from Misereor/Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid through a grant from the “One World No Hunger” (SEWOH) initiative of the German Government. The Association of Church-based Development Projects (ACDEP), host of Prolinnova-Ghana, coordinates Proli-FaNS on behalf of the Prolinnova network. The aims are to strengthen the innovation capacity of rural communities, particularly women, and increase local resilience to change, as well as to contribute to building multi-CP subregional platforms in West & Central Africa and in Eastern & Southern Africa for mutual learning and enagagement in policy dialogue. ACDEP has launched the new webpage "Food and Nutrition Security Proli-FaNS" on this website: http://www.prolinnova.net/fns

Some activities of Prolinnova–Mozambique in 2015

The Country Platform in Mozambique has been facilitating farmer-to-farmer sharing about local innovations with the support of the Catalonian NGO CIC-batá in Spain. Some of these activities in 2015 are described in this brief annual report in Portuguese and English.

Prolinnova featured in Palawija Forum, CAPSA-UNESCAP

Prolinnova contributed a feature article on small-scale farmer innovation for sustainable agriculture to the December 2016 edition of Palawija 

New Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) member from Asia

Emily Monville Oro (emily.monville@iirr.org) from Prolinnova–Philippines has been named by the Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in Asia as the person to take the seat for Asian CPs in the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG).

Farmer innovators inspire their peers in the Philippines

Prolinnova-Philippines, led by the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), celebrated the 2016 International Farmer Innovation Day by bringing farmers from Guinayangan, Quezon, to farmer innovators across Region 4. Through a roving workshop, farmers were able to visit and learn from their peers.  
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Prolinnova-Nepal at APAARI consultation on agri-food innovation

An expert consultation on agri-food innovation in Asia and the Pacific was held on 1-3 November 2016 in Taiwan, jointly organised by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (APAARI) with other international organisations. The meeting emphasised the need to involve farming communities in innovation processes with scientists. Suman Manandhar was invited to present lessons from Prolinnova-Nepal's experiences in facilitating multistakeholder partnerships to support farmer innovation in agriculture and food. A short report on the event can be found here:

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