International Farmer Innovation Day - 29 November each year!

The annual International Farmer Innovation Day (IFID), initiated by the Prolinnova international network, offers a time to celebrate and stimulate the creativity of innovative farmers and to provide sources of inspiration to farmers and other stakeholders in agricultural research and development (ARD. Furthermore, it provides a stage to demonstrate how research and extension agents (private and governmental) can interact and support this process through Participatory Innovation Development (PID). Since 2012, Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPsorganise different types of activities as appropriate in their countries. Also in 2015, CPs and the Prolinnova International Secretariat celebrated farmers’ innovativeness on or around 29 November.


  • Seminar on local innovations in Nepal

International Farmer Innovation Day was celebrated in Nepal on 29 November 2016 by organizing a seminar to share experiences on local innovation. PROLINNOVA -Nepal organised the event in collaboration with the Natural History Museum (NHM) of Tribhuvan University, Caritas Nepal and Center for Nepal Environmental and Educational Development (CENEED). Farmer innovator, Mr Shekha Narayan Maharjan, shared his experiences on rooftop gardening in Kathmandu. Caritas Nepal Project coordinator, Mr Chintan Manandhar, shared about learning from a project that considered farmers as a real scientists. And CENEED president, Ms Anita Manandhar, spoke about the joint research project on farmers potato fields in Sankhy of Kathmandu district. One farmer, one student and one teacher expressed their views on local innovation and positively evaluated IFID as an important and effective event in giving recognition to farmer innovators . Students were interested in attending future seminars organised by PROLINNOVA and invited PROLINNOVA memebrs to give guest lectures in their colleges. Three students expressed their interest in conducting thesis research related to local innovation. A total of 50 people from farmer groups, universities and NGOs were present.

The full report can be found here.

  • Radio spots by Prolinnova Bolivia

On November 29, 2016, International Farmer Innovation Day, representatives of PROLINNOVA Bolivia participated in interviews on two radio stations of the Pio XII Network, one in Cochabamba and another in Llallagua, Potosí.

In these interviews we talked about the PROLINNOVA platform, the reason for the International Farmer Innovation day, recognizing local innovation in Bolivia (emphasizing the national farmer innovation fair in December 2015) and the experience of farmers of the Nueva Seed organization in relation to peri-urban agriculture, who reported that despite difficulties they produce their own food (lettuce, onions, carrots, among others), recycling materials and generating surpluses that benefit other families in the area.

The full report can be found here.

  • Farmer innovators inspire their peers in the Philippines

Prolinnova Philippines, led by the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) celebrated the 2016 International Farmer Innovation Day by bringing farmers from Guinayangan, Quezon province together to learn from farmer innovators across nearby provinces.

In Nagcarlan, Laguna, two members of the Laguna Cacao Farmers Association or LACAFA revealed how they built their livelihood after a major typhoon hit their farm. In 2014, typhoon Glenda (international name Rammasun) hit region 4 and completely destroyed most of the fruit farms of Nagcalan farmers. This did not stop Mr. Fred Dereza and Rodel Dorado to rise from this misfortune; instead they started to look for alternative crops they can grow with more returns. Both started to attend seminars in cacao production. They organized other farmers and sought the support of the local government. Now they went beyond production but engaged in value addition through production of tablea chocolate. He brought the farmers from Guinayangan to the production area and showed the whole process including the proper technique for fermenting tablea. Mr. Dorado further illustrated the proper way to collect seeds for seedling propagation.

Another inspiring innovator farmer is Mr. Renato Belen or endearingly called Mang Ato. Ato Belen Farm is a known source of quality fruit tree seedlings where all IIRR fruit trees distributed to farmer cooperators are also purchased. From a mere 200 square meter and a capital of Php 700 ($14), Mang Ato was able to grow his farm to 2.3 hectares with sheer hard work and exceptional diligence. Guinayangan farmers learned that there is business in seedling raising. They also had a quick lesson in grafting.

The value of the roving workshop is not only to broaden the knowledge of farmers to other available approaches and farming systems but more importantly to offer inspiration, motivation and encouragement that farming is a viable livelihood. Providing opportunity for new perspectives, roving workshops allows farmers to go beyond what they have been accustomed to. New knowledge brings new opportunities and drive to test new things.

The full report can be found here.

  • IFID in the Netherlands


In the Netherlands, the Prolinnova International Secretariat invited colleagues at the Royal Tropical Institute to view the video of the West African Farmer Innovation Fair 2015. A short introduction was given on the importance and function of Farmer Innovation Fairs. After the video screening, a discussion was held on the impact of Farmer Innovation fairs.



  • Celebrating International Farmer Innovation Day 2015 in the Philippines!

IIRR-Philippines, the coordinating NGO of Prolinnova-Philippinesorganised two activities to encourage farmers to learn from each other: 17 farmers from Guinayangan, Quezon, took part in a "roving workshop" with a special emphasis on coffee and cacao production, and 70 farmers took part in a "farmer learning event" in which farmer trainers shared innovations in livestock management. See the report attached. 

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  • Farmer Innovation Fair in Bolivia

The partners in Prolinnova-Bolivia organised their first Farmer Innovation Fair to celebrate the International Farmers Innovation Day. The purpose of the fair was to make visible the importance of the contribution of farmers to research and agricultural and social development in the country. The description of the event can be found here and under News.

  • Prolinnova-Cameroon organised workshop on innovation in beekeeping

On 29 November 2015, Prolinnova–Cameroon organised a workshop for beekeepers, building on a local innovation by the beekeeper Serge Ayangma in fragmenting bee colonies. The terms of reference for the event can be found here and the report on the event can be found here (both in French).

  • Prolinnova-Kenya held a farmer fair in Nyando

Nyando Local Steering Committee (LSC) hosted selected members from BusiaBaringo and Machakos LSCs at a fair designed to bring together farmer innovators from the various LSCs to share and learn from each other. It also presented an opportunity tooperationalise the Farmer-Led Innovators Association of Kenya (FALIA-K), an association the farmer innovators are in the process of registering to support small-scale farmer innovation in Kenya.

  • Prolinnova-India celebrated farmer innovation on 29 November 2015

This year too, the International Farmer Innovation Day was celebrated in India on 29 November 2015 by Prolinnova India at INHERE campus, village ChinonidisttAlmoraUttrakhand. Farmers, government officials, scientists, academicians and media persons participated in the event.

Find the report of the activity here.