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About the Kenya Country Platform

Summary
Prolinnova–Kenya (PK) is a network of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), government research and extension organisations, farmer organisations, universities and community-based organisations (CBOs). It came together to provide a multistakeholder platform (MSP) to learn about promoting farmer-led innovation processes. This was initiated in 2007 with the goals to recognise the dynamics of indigenous knowledge and to enhance the capacities of farmers to adjust to change by developing their own innovations and appropriate systems of natural resource management (NRM) so as to achieve food security, sustain their livelihoods and safeguard the environment.   

Farmer innovator Joe Ouko featured in webinar “Hunger for Justice”

 
Photo by Laurens van Veldhuizen            Photo by Chesha Wettasinha

Farmer innovators are happy people... impressions from a field visit to Kenya

In September 2019, Chesha Wettasinha, a member of the Prolinnova International Support Team was in Kenya on a field visit. She was inspired by the farmer innovators she met and how they are making positive change in their communities. Read her account here.

Proli-FaNS in Kenya: Year 3 report

The Prolinnova–Kenya coordinator Vincent Mariadho reports on Year 3 (2018-19) of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project. He gives particular attention to the innovativeness of rural women and their active participation in agricultural shows and the International Farmer Innovation Day celebrations, as well as a workshop on gender mainstreaming in farmer-led research. Several newly identified innovations by women and men in Kisumu and Makueni are briefly described, e.g. for striga control and to improve the traditional “hot pot”. The report can be found here.

Catalogue of local innovations for food & nutrition security in Kenya

Various partner organisations in the Prolinnova–Kenya network have identified and profiled 37 innovations by small-scale Kenyan farmers - women, men and groups – to improve the food and nutrition security of their families and communities. The 48-page well-illustrated Catalogue of Local Innovations was compiled by Makonge Righa and Vincent Mariadho of World Neighbors Kenya, the host organisation of the Country Platform. The innovations were identified in the years 2016–2019 in Kisumu and Makueni Counties within the framework of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project funded by Misereor/Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid.

Prolinnova-Kenya annual report 2018

The coordinator of Prolinnova-Kenya, Vincent Mariadho, has compiled a 10-page report on activities of the Country Platform (CP) in 2018. The report focuses on the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project, but also includes information on farmer innovation fairs, the regional meeting of African CPs, a training workshop on gender issues in farmer-led research, and news from the Farmer-Led innovators Association of Kenya.

PROLINNOVA–KENYA ANNUAL REPORT 2017

Prolinnova–Kenya (PK) reports on its activities in 2017, which mainly revolved around the project “Promoting Local Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security” (Proli-FaNS), in its second of three years. This builds on experiences of PK over previous years, e.g. in the FAIR and CLIC–SR initiatives under the Prolinnova umbrella, to show the value of an alternative approach to agricultural research and development (ARD) – an approach that starts with recognising and valuing community assets, especially small-scale farmers’ creativity in their own efforts to experiment and innovate so as to deal with new problems or opportunities. Other actors in agricultural research, extension and education are thus motivated and encouraged to support farmers’ initiatives in ways that strengthen local capacities to innovate and adapt.

Link to Kenya report 2017 (PDF file; 852 KB)

Compilation of PID Cases

A total of eight cases of farmer-led joint experimentation in agriculture or NRM – two from each of the four Country Platforms involved – were brought together in the publication

Farmer-led documentation of local innovation in Kenya

In 2017, the Farmer-Led Innovators Association of Kenya (FALIA) worked together with the Prolinnova partner organisation A Growing Culture (AGC) to document farmer innovations in Kisumu in Western Kenya. FALIA and AGC identified 20 promising innovations addressing a range of issues from biodiversity preservation and economic empowerment to gender equality and improved food security. Their joint activity sought to:

  • Identify and document useful innovations to be included in the Library for Food Sovereignty (LFS)
  • Amplify and spread innovations through a participatory farmer-led innovation documentation framework
  • Recognise farmers for their achievements and identify opportunities for scaling out and building on local innovations.

A description of the outcomes of the documentation can be found on the AGC website: www.agrowingculture.org/project/farmer-led-innovation-documentation-kenya/

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