Date:November 07, 2012

PROLINNOVA

In several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, diverse organisations have joined forces to promote local innovation processes in agriculture and natural resource management (NRM). After analysing their own experiences in agricultural research and development (ARD), they formed Country/Regional Platforms (CPs/RPs), designed their own programmes and agreed on joint 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).

The network builds on and scales up 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 local people. This experience stimulates interest on both sides 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.