December 2020

Participatory research for food innovation by women in Tigray

Fetien Abay, a long-time member of the Prolinnova network, has just published a chapter in a new book Women in precision agriculture: technological breakthroughs, challenges and aspiration for a prosperous and sustainable future (edited by Takoi Khemais Hamrita) issued in 2021 by Springer Nature Switzerland.

Annonce de la Foire d’Innovation Paysanne au Cameroun / Announcing Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon (FIPAC)

Farmer-to-farmer sharing about local experimentation with palm tree seeds (Photo: Amina Bwebeyuou)


Annonce de la Foire d’Innovation Paysanne au Cameroun

Promoting women’s innovation in feeding children in Benin & Kenya

The project NaviNut “Enhancing women’s agency in navigating changing food environments to improve child nutrition in African drylands” held its start-up workshop in early December 2020. It takes a transdisciplinary research approach: co-creating knowledge across different scientific disciplines and societal stakeholders. The German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL) coordinates the work together with the Center for Research and Development in Drylands (CRDD, a member of Prolinnova–Kenya); the University of Parakou (involved in training on participatory innovation development/PID with another project under the Prolinnova umbrella) and the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin; the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development (TICH) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya; and South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. This 3-year project is funded by the German Ministry for Food & Agriculture (BMEL).

Peter Gubbels joins Prolinnova Oversight Group

In December 2020, Peter Gubbels – a Canadian living and working in northern Ghana – was selected by the Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs) in West & Central Africa to take the seat for this subregion in the Prolinnova Oversight Group. He was nominated by the CP in northern Ghana.

LISF presented at SULCI-FaNS annual workshop

For partners in the SULCI-FaNS (Scaling up Local Innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) workshop in November 2020, Ann Waters-Bayer from the International Support Team presented experiences with Local Innovation Support Facilities/Funds (LISFs) made in previous years within the Prolinnova community of practice (CoP). SULCI-FaNS partners, some of which are new to the CoP, plan to apply this aproach within their project. The pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation can be found here.

International Farmer Innovation Day (IFID) celebrated in Nepal

International Farmer Innovation Day (IFID) was celebrated in Nepal on 29 November 2020 using the Zoom platform.