Date:December 19, 2012


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In 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, diverse organisations have joined forces to promote local innovation processes in agriculture and natural resource management (NRM). They formed multistakeholder platforms at country level, designed their own programmes and agreed on joint regional and international activities for mutual learning and policy dialogue. As a Global Partnership Programme (GPP) facilitated by ETC, Prolinnova is a community of practice that is built from the bottom up, in the spirit of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) – catalysing change in agricultural research to address key global needs.

Prolinnova promotes and tries to institutionalise farmer-led approaches to participatory development that start with finding out how farmers create new and better ways of using and managing natural resources. Understanding the rationale behind local innovation transforms how research and extension agents view male and female farmers. This experience stimulates interest among farmers and researchers to enter into joint action. Local ideas are further developed in a process that integrates indigenous and scientific knowledge. Joint action and analysis lead to joint learning and further action. See for further details.


Countries 20 countries in   Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria,   Mozambique, South Africa, Sudan, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda), Asia (Cambodia,   India, Nepal) and Latin America (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru)
Duration of programme 2001 – ongoing
Client / partner ETC hosts the   international secretariat for the Prolinnova   network with more than 150 organisations. IIRR (The Philippines) supports ETC   in this.
Donor GFAR, Rockefeller   Foundation, Misereor, CCAFS, country donors (previous DGIS, DURAS)
Contact person (within ETC) Laurens van Veldhuizen (, Ann Waters-Bayer   (