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PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecological agriculture and NRM  

VISION:    A world where women and men farmers play decisive roles in agroecology and natural resource management (NRM) innovation processes for sustainable livelihoods

Two new POG members: Ibrahima Seck (Senegal) and TJ James (India)

  

             Ibrahima Seck, Senegal                                                  TJ James, India

Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon, 27–29 May 2021

Announcing the Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon (FIPAC)!

The Prolinnova community of practice and its partners in Prolinnova–Cameroon announce that a Farmer Innovation Fair will be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on 27–29 May 2021. This event will bring together stakeholders in agricultural research and development (ARD) to learn about and contribute to promoting processes of local innovation and farmer-led participatory innovation development (PID) in agriculture and natural resource management.

The main aims of the fair (FIPAC as French acronym) are: 

Women innovators showcased in Appropriate Technology magazine

The March 2021 issue of the Appropriate Technology magazine (Vol. 48, No. 1) published two articles on women innovators in Kenya and Nepal. Prolinnova partners in the two countries have been working with these women in farmer-led joint research and helping them share their experiences within and beyond their communities. Both women presented their innovations at the virtual Global Farmer Innovation Fair hosted by Prolinnova and A Growing Culture in February 2021. Read the articles here:

1st Proli-GEAFaSa partners meeting in Burkina

The first meeting of the partners of the Proli-GEAFaSa project was hosted by the Country Platform (CP) in Burkina Faso on 1–3 April 2021. This Misereor-funded project covers two Prolinnova CPs in West Africa (Burkina Faso and Senegal) and aims to promote local innovation in water management in family farming. Workshop participants were the national technical implementation teams from the two CPs and the Subregional Coordinator (SRC) for West & Central Africa (WCA).

The workshop was an opportunity to discuss project progress during Year 1 and to plan activities for Year 2. The main activities implemented and results recorded were:

Farmer-led research webinar hosted by U of Guelph, Canada

   Farmer-researcher Angie Koch, EFAO (Photo: Stills Motion Content)

On 12 March 2021, students of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development of the University of Guelph in the province of Ontario, Canada, organised a webinar on “Farmer-led research in the resilience of rural communities”. The webinar examined farmer-led research (FLR) from the perspectives of farmers in the Global North and South.

Angie Koch, a farmer researcher with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO), made a keynote presentation on her experiences in FLR. She stressed how important it is in her research to follow her own curiosity and seek answers to her own questions for her farm. She enjoys learning from other farmer-researchers' methods and results as much as she appreciates the opportunity to share her own.

Prolinnova-Senegal & innovative gardeners featured in Nat-Bi newsletter

The February 2021 issue of AgriBio Services’ newsletter Nat-Bi includes an article (page 8) on the presentations made by West & Central African coordinator Abdel-Karim Ali Mahamane on the Prolinnova network and by project coordinator Ms Oumy Ndiaye on the Proli-GEAFaSa project to promote innovation in water management by small-scale farmers. These were made during a meeting in mid-February with several Senegalese journalists. Abdel’s presentation can be found here, and Oumy's presentation can be found here.

The following article (page 9) highlights the participation of small-scale market gardeners near St Louis during the virtual Global Farmer Innovation Fair on 10-11 February, when they shared information about their own innovations in water management.

Sharad Rai: new Prolinnova–Asia Regional Coordinator

Sharad Rai is not a stranger to Prolinnova. He joined Prolinnova–Nepal in 2005 representing Practical Action and was an active member of the National Working Group (NWG). Sharad was involved in identifying and documenting farmer innovation and supporting farmer-led joint research in Nepal.

During his time in the NWG, he developed guidelines for Participatory Innovation Development in Nepal, which was awarded a prize as the Knowledge contest winner for Best Knowledge Product by Practical Action Headquarters in the UK in 2007. Sharad played a key role as part of the Prolinnova Nepal’s organising team of two key events in Kathmandu in 2007: the first national-level Farmer Innovation Fair and the Asia-Pacific Innovation Symposium.

African Partners Workshop 2020 held via Zoom

A regional workshop bringing together African Country Platforms (CPs) was held on 2628 October 2020. It had originally been planned to be hosted by ProlinnovaCameroon, but because of the travel restrictions in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic had to be held on the Zoom platform. The virtual workshop was organised and facilitated by the two Prolinnova Subregional Coordinators in Africa, Abdel-Karim Ali Mahamane (West & Central Africa) and Jacob Wanyama (Eastern & Southern Africa).

Proli-GEAFaSa rapport / report 2020

Ce rapport du projet de Promotion de l’innovation locale en Gestion de l’Eau dans l’Agriculture Familiale au Sahel (Proli-GEAFaSa) a pour but de partager sur l’avancement de la mise en œuvre des activités au cours de la première année.

Ce projet financé par Misereor vise à améliorer la gestion de l’eau en agriculture familiale au Sahel – en particulier au Burkina Faso et au Sénégal – par l’identification d’innovations locales de petits agriculteurs familiaux, l’expérimentation conjointe menée par les agriculteurs pour les valider et / ou améliorer et la diffusion des principes et des idées inspirantes à d’autres agriculteurs. Cela leur permettra d’améliorer leur sécurité alimentaire et leur résilience face aux changements climatiques.

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