General Information

About Farmer-led documentation

Farmer-led documentation (FLD) is an empowering process in which local communities take the lead role in the documentation process. The results are used by community members for learning within the community and for exchange between communities (horizontal sharing) and among communities, development agents and policymakers (vertical sharing).

Many development agents are interested in FLD but are uncertain about how to facilitate this form of documentation or about the appropriate media and their use, including but not confined to modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). More research is needed into the impacts of FLD: how it has helped to spread knowledge and led to livelihoods improvements. This is discussed in:

FLD: Introduction, some examples and challenges (MS Word file; size : 152 KB. April 2008 updated version)


There is a need for models for innovation platforms at lower levels that can bring together stakeholders and foster innovation development, promoting and outscaling farmer innovations and helping national planners to recognise the value of local-level outscaling as an important basis for upscaling through the institutions. The interest to influence policy has to be grounded in models that have been tested on a sufficiently wide scale at local levels.

PROLINNOVA is seeking enthusiastic volunteers!

Prolinnova is seeking enthusiastic volunteers!

Farmer-Led Documentation

La documentation menée par paysans (FLD) est un processus d'autonomisation dans lequel les communautés locales jouent le rôle principal dans le processus de documentation. Les résultats sont utilisés par les membres de la communauté pour l'apprentissage au sein de la communauté et pour l'échange entre les communautés (partage horizontal) et entre les communautés, les agents de développement et les décideurs (partage vertical).

De nombreux agents de développement s'intéressent à la FLD mais ne savent pas comment faciliter cette forme de documentation ou sur les supports appropriés et leur utilisation, y compris, mais sans s'y limiter, les technologies modernes de l'information et de la communication (TIC). Des recherches supplémentaires sont nécessaires sur les impacts du FLD : comment a-t-il contribué à diffuser les connaissances et conduit à l'amélioration des moyens de subsistance. Ceci est discuté dans:

Virtual Marketplace 2021

We had our virtual marketplace on the 1st of October. It was a great success, attended by 42 people that comprised members of CPs, members of the POG and IST and Friends of Prolinnova. Thanks to everyone that prepared materials - especially the farmers who shared their innovations, and A Growing Culture (AGC) for supporting the preparation of much of the material. Thanks to Georges, Domingos, Romuald and Wanyama for all the effort with translating the CP contributions. 

Virtual Marketplace 2021

On Friday 1 October we had our virtual marketplace, which was a great event, attended by more than 40 participants across the world. Participants included members of country platforms, Friends of Prolinnova, members of the Prolinnova Oversight Group and the International Support Team.

Thank you so much to everyone that participated - especially those who worked with farmers to document their local innovations or their participatory innovation development process. Thanks to A Growing Culture (AGC) for supporting the development of videos and preparation of other material that was shared at the Marketplace. 


Structure of Prolinnova

Subregional Coordinators visualise Prolinnova CoP in Africa

Video Gallery


The documentation team of ACDEP, the host NGO of Prolinnova-Ghana, has produced a video film on how a women’s group in Yendi in northern Ghana improved its artisanal soap by using local herbs and other materials to give the soap new colours and shapes. They did this to meet the changing demands of local customers and have thus gained higher incomes that allow the women to purchase foodstuffs. The women developed this innovation in a process of farmer-led joint experimentation, working together with rural advisory agents, as part of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting Local Innovation for Food & Nutrition Security) project supported by Misereor / Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid (KZE).

Prolinnova Presentations and Posters

2021 PowerPoint presentation

Activité de sensibilisation et d'information sur Prolinnova et le projet Proli-GEAFaSa
Abdel-Karim Ali Mahamane, Subregional Coordinator, West & Central Africa


2017 PowerPoint presentation

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