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Proli-FaNs quarterly report February–April 2018

Tamale, June 2018

The Feb–April 2018 quarterly progress report for Proli-FaNS gives an overview of activities and achievements of the partners: the Prolinnova Country Platforms in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya; the subregional coordinators for West & Central Africa and for Eastern & Southern Africa; and the International Support Team.

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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)

Ghanaian women improve shea butter through PID

Prolinnova–Ghana, through the Promoting Local Innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS) project with funding from Misereor in Germany, is supporting the Asongtaaba No 1 Women’s Group in Tamoliga community in the Bongo District of Ghana to improve the quality and market for their shea butter through Participatory Innovation Development or PID.

Shea-butter extraction is one of the major income-generating activities of the women in the district. However, the poor quality of the shea butter previously produced by the group had affected the price and rate at which it was sold in the market.

But working in partnership with extension staff of NABOCADO, a local NGO, and the Department of Food and Agriculture through a PID process, the women have now increased the quality, volume and market for their shea butter, thereby improving their income status and livelihood security.

See a video film about the process here:

Proli-FaNS progress report Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

The second year of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) is well underway. The quarterly report for the period November 2017 to January 2018 gives a concise overview of progress in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya, particularly the innovations identified and the processes of Participatory Innovation Development (PID) that have been commenced. See the report: Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS).

Proli-FaNS Year 1 report

The overall progress report on Year 1 of the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project funded through Misereor covers the period from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017. It shows how Prolinnova partners in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya have been enhancing the innovative capacities of rural communities to improve food security, nutrition security and nutrition diversity. The project focuses on recognising and working with women innovators in farmer-led research and development.

The Year 1 report prepared by ACDEP, the NGO in northern Kenya that coordinates the multi-CP project, is available in English and French.

Proli-FaNS progress report Feb-July 2017

Promoting Local Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security (Proli-FaNS):


A Proli-FaNS partners meeting was held on 19 May 2017 – immediately after the end of the International Partners Workshop (IPW) – at the International Conference Centre of the University of Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana. It brought together the ACDEP team, the Proli-FaNS Country Platform coordinators, some members of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) and the International Support Team (IST) and the newly appointed subregional coordinator to review progress and discuss Proli-FaNS management and implementation as well as subregional coordination issues. The report compiled by Michael Pervarah and Joe Nchor can be found here:

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On 4 May 2017, Prolinnova–Kenya (PK) organised a national network meeting to launch the Proli-FaNS project. It was held at the Agricultural Information and Resource Center in Nairobi and was attended by representatives from NGOs, farmer groups, community-based organisations and government departments. The main aim was to share with PK partners the progress of PK activities and to introduce the Proli-FaNS project, which seeks to support rural communities to strengthen their inherent innovative capacities to improve food and nutrition security and nutritional diversity. The workshop also gave insight into the existing and new management structures of Prolinnova at national, regional and international level. The report can be found here: PDF file; 2.6 MB

Proli-FaNS launched in Bongo District of Upper East Region of Ghana

The Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Office (NABOCADO), in collaboration with the Association of Church-based Development projects (ACDEP), has launched a three-year project in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region to promote local innovation for food and nutrition security (Proli-FaNS) under the umbrella of the international Prolinnova network.

The project will focus on developing the effective and innovative capacities of smallholder farmers in rural communities to improve food security and nutrition, as well as nutritional diversity.

Speaking at the project launch in Bongo-Soe, NABOCADO Human Development Coordinator, Joseph Ayembilla, explained that the project is aimed at strengthening the innovation capacity of farmers in rural communities, particularly women, to sustain their farm and livestock productivity and to increase local resilience to climate change.

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