March 2021

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.

Virtual Global Farmer Innovation Fair, 10–11 Feb 2021

 

 

GLOBAL FARMER INNOVATION FAIR 2021

Rapport annuel / annual report 2020

Le rapport annuel 2020 (5 pages) de la Plateforme Pays au Mali décrit les activités entreprises dans le cadre de deux projets sous l'égide de Prolinnova : l'un financé par Misereor, Allemagne, appelé PROFEIS (Promouvoir l’expérimentation  et l’innovation paysannes au Sahel) et l'autre financé par la Fondation McKnight, USA, appelé FaReNe (Réseaux de recherche dirigés par les agriculteurs).

The 5-page annual report for 2020 (in French) 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).

EthnoVet progress report for Year 1

The Misereor-funded EthnoVet project – Promoting Ethnoveterinary Medicine for Sustainable Animal Husbandry Practices in Northern Ghana – has completed its first of three years of operation (2019–22). This first annual progress report (Oct 2019 – Sept 2020) describes changes in the project context, activities and outputs achieved in Year 1, an assessment of risks and opportunities, and a self-evaluation.

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).