Date:February 27, 2014

New date 12-16 May 2015: West African Workshop on Farmer-Led Research & West Africa Farmer Innovation Fair

photo fipao

Photo by Wolfgang Bayer

 

A West African workshop on approaches to farmer-led research and a West Africa Farmer Innovation Fair (FIPAO in French: Foire de l’Innovation Paysanne en l’Afrique de l’Ouest) will be held on 12–16 May 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Following in the spirit of the International Year of Family Farming in 2014, the workshop and fair will put the spotlight on farmers’ creativity and their roles in participatory research. It aims to intensify linkages and learning among all actors involved in agricultural research and development related to smallholder family farming. The FIPAO follows the example of the Eastern Africa Farmer Innovation Fair held in Nairobi, Kenya, in May 2013 and will provide a showcase for about 50 West African farmer innovators to exhibit their achievements.

The learning-and-sharing workshop on farmer-led research (12–14 May) will involve primarily staff from field-based organisations that are facilitating such approaches in francophone West Africa. From their various experiences, the workshop will distil key messages about research and development by smallholders and will share these messages with farmer innovators, development practitioners, formal scientists, policymakers and the general public visiting the fair (15–16 May).

If you want to learn more about the workshop and fair, see the one-pager and go to the FIPAO website (in French): http://fipao.faso-dev.net.

Next to these two events, the Centre for Technical and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is sponsoring a special contest for video documentation of farmer innovation in the face of climate change, in addition to the many other farmer innovations being exhibited at the fair. Video-makers from Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin are now discussing video scenarios together with farmer innovators, community-based organisations, policymakers and other stakeholders. One video film per country will be screened at the fair to show the added value of farmers’ innovativeness to cope with climate change.

Countries involved

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Niger, (north) Benin, (north) Togo and (north) Cameroon

Dates and venue of events

Workshop: 12–14 May 2015 / Fair: 15–16 May 2015

Venue of Workshop: Pacific Hotel, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Venue of Fair: Salon international de l’artisanat de Ouagadougou (SIAO), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Partners and donors

AgriProFocus (APF) Netherlands
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) Community of Practice (CoP) in West Africa
Misereor, Germany
Prolinnova/PROFEIS
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF)

Next to these two events, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has sponsored a special contest for video documentation of farmer innovation in the face of climate change, in addition to the many other farmer innovations being exhibited at the fair. Video-makers from Senegal, Mali, and Burkina Faso have been discussing video scenarios together with farmer innovators, community-based organisations, policymakers and other stakeholders. Currently the videos are being finalized and will be screened at the fair to show the added value of farmers’ innovativeness to cope with climate change.

International Secretariat

Gabriela Quiroga (g.quiroga@etcnl.nl)

Ingrid Flink (i.flink@etcnl.nl)

Prolinnova International Secretariat
ETC Foundation, PO Box 64, 3830 AB Leusden, Netherlands
T +31 33 432 6000 F +31 33 494 0791
W www.prolinnova.net

Contact persons at regional level
Inades-Formation/Burkina:

Zongo Aline (aline.zongo@inadesfo.net)

Konaté Arsène (arsene.konate@inadesfo.net)

Réseau MARP: Ouédraogo Mathieu (patemathieu@yahoo.fr )

Focal points at national level
Benin: Marcel Djihoun (mdjihoun@snvworld.org

Burkina Faso: Benoit Ouédraogo (benoit.ouedraogo@gmail.com)

Cameroon: Jean Bosco Etoa (etoa_ngbwa@hotmail.com) / Alain Beko’o Abondo (alain.abondo@yahoo.com)

Ghana: Zimi Pius (zimip554@gmail.com)

Mali: Bourama Diakité (diakitbourama@yahoo.fr)

Niger: Zeinabou Hamani (zhamani@agriprofocus.com)

Togo: Sélome Houetognon (selome30@yahoo.fr)

Senegal: Djibril Thiam (thiamdjibril@yahoo.fr)