September 2021

Prolinnova–Kenya gives PID training to stakeholders in NaviNut project

Participants in the NaviNut LI/PID training in Marsabit (Photo: Diba Tari)

 

Prolinnova-Mozambique annual report for 2020

Despite the restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, Prolinnova–Mozambique managed to revive its Country Platform (CP) and to successfully implement major PID activities planned for 2020. Nuffic funding through the Orange Knowledge Programme allowed the CP to train new people in PID and to support pilots in farmer-led experimentation. See the 2020 annual report here.

For more information, please email:

 

Brigitte Kaufmann, DITSL, NaviNut Project Coordinator - b.kaufmann@ditsl.org

Ann Waters-Bayer, Agrecol Association (Prolinnova Northern Focal Point) - waters-bayer@agrecol.de

Introduction

NaviNut: Promoting women’s innovation in child-feeding in Benin & Kenya

The project NaviNut “Enhancing women’s agency in navigating changing food environments to improve child nutrition in African drylands” (Sept 2021–Oct 2023) 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, member of Prolinnova–Kenya); the University of Parakou (host organisation of Prolinnova–Benin) 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. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food & Agriculture (BMEL).

New member of Prolinnova International Support Team

Fanos Mekonnen Birke has joined the Prolinnova International Support Team. At its May 2021 meeting, the Board of Agrecol Association – the Northern Focal Point of the Prolinnova network – decided that Fanos would be the contact person between Agrecol and Prolinnova. 

She has many years’ experience with Prolinnova, as she facilitated analysis of efforts to integrate the PID approach into agricultural advisory services in Cambodia and Tigray (Northern Ethiopia) and was part of the Prolinnova–Ethiopia network. She holds an MSc in Management of Agroecological Knowledge and Social Change from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and recently completed her doctorate in the Department of Communication and Advisory Services in Rural Areas at the University of Hohenheim in southern Germany. Her doctoral research was on “Public agriculture extension and information communication technologies: a case study in South Wollo, Ethiopia”.