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International Farmer Innovation Day (IFID) 2021 in Nepal

“Sharing about farmer innovation with students of secondary schools and universities was the highlight of the events to mark IFID 2021 in Nepal. One event was held at the Creative Academy, a secondary school in Kirtipur, Kathmandu, and the other was a Zoom event organised by a supporter of farmer innovation. Read the report ….”

Appropriate Technology magazine features Cameroonian Farmer Innovation Fair

The September 2021 issue of the Appropriate Technology magazine (Vol. 48, No. 3) brings a 2-page article "First innovation fair celebrates farmer ingenuity in Cameroon" written by Abdel-Karim Ali Mahamane, Prolinnova's Subregional Coordinator in West & Central Afrca, and Jean-Bosco Etoa, Prolinnova-Cameroon coordinator. The article highlights the awards given during the fair to young people - male and female - for their innovations in food processing.

Kenyan farmer innovation in Horn of Africa + Sahel Knowledge Share Fair

The report of the “Horn of Africa and Sahel Virtual Knowledge Share Fair: Promoting innovation to build resilience against climatic shocks” that was held in October 2020 is now online ( The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in partnership with the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Africa and Office of Emergencies and Resilience organised the week-long event.

The report documents 25 resilience-enhancing good or promising practices and experiences that were showcased and discussed during the virtual share fair. The purpose of sharing these practices and experiences that have proven impact was to further promote evidence-based decision-making, capacity building and resource mobilisation for upscaling promising practices for development in the Horn of Africa and Sahel regions. 

NaviNut project active at Tropentag 2021 in Germany

Although the NaviNut (Enhancing women’s agency in navigating changing food environments to improve child nutrition in African drylands) project is still relatively young, with the fieldwork having started only in late 2020, several partners presented posters or gave oral presentations at the international Tropentag conference on 15–17 September 2021.

The Tropentag is an interdisciplinary, science-based and development-oriented conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture and rural development held annually in Germany, Austria, Belgium or Czechia. This year’s Tropentag, with the theme “Towards shifting paradigms in agriculture for a healthy and sustainable future", in hybrid format, was organised by the Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute) at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.

Virtual marketplace for Prolinnova Country Platforms

On Friday 1 October, we had our first virtual marketplace for Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs). It was attended by 42 participants from various CPs, members of the Prolinnova Oversight Group, International Support Group and Friends of Prolinnova. Thank you to all the CPs and the farmer innovators with whom you collaborated in preparing material for the marketplace. We had a range of videos and presentations made by representatives of the CPs, including farmer innovators. It provided a great opportunity to share with and learn from each other. Thanks to A Growing Culture (AGC), who worked over the last couple of months assisting members of CPs to develop materials and story-telling skills.

Prolinnova–Kenya gives PID training to stakeholders in NaviNut project

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


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”.

New Prolinnova multistakeholder platform in Benin! / Nouvelle plateforme multi-acteurs au Bénin !

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 The latest multistakeholder platform to join the Prolinnova international network is in Benin.

New POG Co-Chair: Suman Manandhar

Suman Manandhar (Nepal), an independent member of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), agreed during the July 2021 POG meeting to co-chair the POG alongside Lisa Williams van Dijk (UK). The previous co-chair was Chris Macoloo (Kenya), who was a very important pillar in the governance of Prolinnova during the process of regionalising the network. Suman can draw on many years of experience with Prolinnova in helping to guide the network. Read more about the POG co-chairs Lisa (here) and Suman (here) and about the entire POG (here).

First Farmer Innovation Fair in Cameroon

Cameroon Farmer Innovation Fair prize winners (Photo: Jeanne Sikangwa)

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