New Prolinnova Country Platform in Timor Leste

The Prolinnova Oversight Group welcomes Timor Leste (East Timor) as a new Country Platform within the Prolinnova community of practice as of May 2017. The CP comprises NGOs, government agencies and two universities. The host NGO – RAEBIA (Resilient Agriculture and Economy through Biodiversity in Action) – grew out of work supported by USC–Canada for several years, when it introduced the participatory land-use planning approach that is now used widely in the country. The group has gained support through the Timor Leste Government’s Civil Society Organisation Fund to launch the CP. Government funding also made it possible that Xisto Martins (RAEBIA) and Joaquim da Costa Freitas (Prime Minister’s Office) could travel to Ghana to join the Prolinnova International Partners Workshop (IPW) in May 2017.


Emily Monville (Philippines) with Xisto Martins & Joaquim da Costa Freitas (Timor Leste) at IPW 2017

Proli-FaNS launched in Bongo District of Upper East Region of Ghana

The Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Office (NABOCADO), in collaboration with the Association of Church-based Development projects (ACDEP), has launched a three-year project in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region to promote local innovation for food and nutrition security (Proli-FaNS) under the umbrella of the international Prolinnova network.

The project will focus on developing the effective and innovative capacities of smallholder farmers in rural communities to improve food security and nutrition, as well as nutritional diversity.

Speaking at the project launch in Bongo-Soe, NABOCADO Human Development Coordinator, Joseph Ayembilla, explained that the project is aimed at strengthening the innovation capacity of farmers in rural communities, particularly women, to sustain their farm and livestock productivity and to increase local resilience to climate change.

Proli-FaNS partners meeting

Partners from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya in the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project met in Tamale, Ghana, immediately after the 2017 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop (IPW). Both events were hosted by ACDEP (Association of Church-based Development Projects), which coordinates the Prolinnova-Ghana multistakeholder platform and the Proli-FaNS project. The report can be found here: http://prolinnova.net/sites/default/files/documents/thematic_pages/food_...

Prolinnova–Uganda's update for 2016

Prolinnova–Uganda gives an update on its work in completing the CLIC–SR work in 2016, including two examples of farmer-led joint experimentation that were documented as case studies. Also a booklet and a policy brief were published on innovations for climate change adaptation in Uganda.

Numerous dialogues with policy- and decision-makers in research, academia, government and farmer organisations about local innovation and farmer-led research and development included a national workshop in July 2016. In November, a partner organisation in the Country Platform (CP) – Kikandwa Environmental Association (KEA) – co-organised with AGC (A Growing Culture) a gathering in Kikandwa to plan the setting up of a farmers’ library for food sovereignty. This was attended by several other Prolinnova–Uganda partner organisations. The full report can be found here.

Prolinnova–Kenya’s update for 2016

Prolinnova–Kenya has provided an update on its activities in 2016. These include:

i) implementation of two projects – Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research (CLIC–SR) and Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS);

ii) presentation of a paper at the Africa Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Ethiopia;

iii) various sharing, learning and planning meetings of the multi-stakeholder National Steering Committee (NSC) and Local Steering Committees in the action-learning sites;

iv) taking part in the Prolinnova International Partners Workshop in Senegal;

v) participation in selecting farmer innovations for the Program on Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation of the University of Bonn, Germany;

vi) partnership with the American NGO AGC (A Growing Culture) in developing a farmers’ library for food sovereignty, including a meeting in Uganda;

vii) award from the National Environment Trust Fund to farmer innovator Joe Ouku from the farmer self-help group Nyando District Dairy Goats Association.

PROFEIS-Senegal's update for 2016

The full PROFEIS-Senegal report for 2016 is in French.

As a brief English summary, the main activities reported are:

Prolinnova-Bolivia's update for 2016

The network in Bolivia has produced a brief report on its activities in 2016 - in both Spanish and English - drawing attention especially to two videos on the Farmer Innovation Fair in 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jajFMKh3Y50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhxMTVoOdYY&feature=em-upload_owner

Anglophone Proli-FaNS training in PID in Nairobi

The Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS) project funded by Misereor under the German Government’s “One World No Hunger” initiative is being implemented in five African countries in the Prolinnova network. Three of them – Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya – are anglophone and two of them – Burkina Faso and Cameroon – are francophone. A training workshop in promoting local innovation and participatory innovation development for anglophone participants took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 13-16 February 2017. Two participants each from Ethiopia and Ghana and four participants from Kenya, including two farmer innovators from the two project sites in Kenya, attended the workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Makonge Righa from Prolinnova-Kenya and Chesha Wettasinha from the Prolinnova International Secretariat. Special attention was given to women as innovators and supporting their innovations related to food and nutrition security, as this is a key objective of the Proli-FaNS project. The report is in English with a one-page summary in French.

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