December 2019

Farmer-led Research Networks project in Phase II

English version below

Le projet de réseaux de recherche dirigé par les agriculteurs en phase II

Local innovations identified for food & nutrition security


Supporting local innovation is key to improving food and nutrition of small-scale farmers in Africa 

Annual report for 2018

The 4-page report from the Country Platform in Mali describes activities undertaken in two projects under the umbrella of Prolinnova: one funded by Misereor, Germany, called PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Innovation & Experimentation in the Sahel) and the other funded by the McKnight Foundation, USA, called FAReNE (Farmer-led Research Networks).

Inception workshops for two new Prolinnova projects


Participants in the SULCI-FaNS inception workshop in Centre Mampuya, Senegal (Photo: Urban Fraefel)

Two new Prolinnova projects have been approved by the German development-support organisation Misereor / KZE (Katholische Zentralstelle e.V. / Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid) - namely, SULCI-FaNs (Scaling Up Local Capacity to Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security) in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya; and Proli-GEAFaSa  (Promouvoir l'innovation locale dans la Gestion de l'Eau en Agriculture Familiale au Sahel / Promoting local innovation in water management in family farming in the Sahel) in Burkina Faso and Senegal.

New Prolinnova Country Platform in Zimbabwe!

In November 2019, the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) approved the application of a multistakeholder group in Zimbabwe to be recognised as a Country Platform (CP) in the Prolinnova Community of Practice.

The group includes people from the network PELUM (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management) Zimbabwe, the NGO Cluster Agriculture Development Services (CADS), the NGO The Phiri Award (named after the renowned farmer innovator in water harvesting and ecological farming, Zephaniah Phiri), the Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF) and the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) at the University of Zimbabwe. The host organisation of the CP is PELUM–Zimbabwe; the coordinator is Gertrude Pswarayi-Jabson (pelumzim@gmail.com).

West & Central Africa Subregional Platform

In its 2016–20 strategy, the Prolinnova network decided to create regional and subregional platforms of country-level multistakeholder networks (“Country Platforms”). The West & Central Africa (WCA) Subregional Platform includes the Country Platforms in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali and Senegal and is open to other Prolinnova Country Platforms that may become active again, such as in Niger and Nigeria, and to emerging Prolinnova groups in other countries in West & Central Africa.

Learning for farmer innovation from Local Seed & Food Fair

Partners in Prolinnova–Tanzania attended the Local Seed & Food Fair in Karatu District, Arusha Region, and drew lessons about promoting farmer innovation and innovations. The 8-page report “Learning for promoting local innovation from the Local Seed and Food Fair in Karatu District, Tanzania – Local seed, a forgotten treasure” can be found here.