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The STEPS Centre Symposium, 26 September 2009, focused on our Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project. This presentation by Monique Saloman of CEAD, South Africa was one of …

The STEPS Centre Symposium, 26 September 2009, focused on our Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project. This presentation by Monique Saloman of CEAD, South Africa was one of those given at the event. For more information see:

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  • 1. PROLINNOVAGlobal networking for local innovativeness
    Monique Salomon
    PROLINNOVA South Africa
    STEPS Centre Symposium 2009
    24 September
    TheFreeman Centre, University of Sussex
    Session 2: Grassroots/ bottom up innovation: How to facilitate emergence and flourishing
  • 2. Key concerns in this session
    If and how can we:
    Link grassroots to formal R&D?
    Promote bottom-up initiatives without stifling innovativeness and creativity?
    Steer bottom-up innovations in environmentally sustainable directions?
    “Yes we can….
    or at least we are working on it”
  • 3. Who is “we”
    PROmoting Local INNOVAtionin ecologically-oriented agriculture and natural resource management, in short PROLINNOVA
    Est. 1999: as international multi-stakeholder network; connecting “islands of success” (e.g. LEISA, Promoting Farmer Innovation, Indigenous Soil and Water Innovations, Farmer Field Schools)
    Focus: Farmers/resource users as innovators, stimulating their innovative capacity, and promote partnerships and methodologies that support local innovation processes
    Over 100 organisations(Nov 2006)
  • 4. Global Partnership Programme
    15 country programmes and 3 regions
    Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Moçambique, Niger,
    Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and
    Sahel Region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal)
    Asia: Cambodia, Nepal, Pacific Region (Solomon
    Latin America: Andes Region (Bolivia, Peru,
  • 5. What brings PROLINNOVA partners together
    Farmers/local resource users are creative and innovators who generate relevant local innovations = new ways of doing things in that locality (software and hardware)
    Farmer-led participatory innovation for sustainable development (PID) works and should be mainstreamed and institutionalized within formal R&D and education
    Effective research and extension supports and stimulates local innovation processes, and forms strong partnerships with farmers, farmer organisations, Universities, R&D, and CSO’s
  • 6.
  • 7. Community of practice
    Farmers, development agents, scientists and policy makers engaging in open and democratic spaces to share experiences, learn from and support each other
  • 8. Country-driven activities
    Common elements:
    Creating the evidence: Studies of local innovation, farmer-led participatory innovation development (PID) on the ground, and Documenting this
    Establishing national and sub-national multi-stakeholder platforms for information sharing, joint learning and institutionalizing PID
    Capacity building and curriculum development in PID
    Policy dialogue and mainstreaming PID at local,
    district and national level
  • 9. How the Programme “hangs together”
    Country/regional programmes are hosted by local, experienced civil society organizations (CSO’s); Coordinated by multi-stakeholder steering committees, also at international level
    Facilitation support
    ETC EcoCulture (Secretariat), IIRR Philippines, Centre for International Cooperation/Free University of Amsterdam, and IED Afrique
    DGIS (NL),and CTA, DURAS, EED, IFAD, Misereor, Oxfam-Novib, Research-into-Use, Rockefeller Foundation, Worldbank; Country Programmes are run with own contribution (cash and kind).
  • 10. Linking grassroots to formal R&D
    “Tuning into” innovation by farmers/resource users (the eye opener)
    Document these (catalogues, databases, videos etc)
    Share & promote (farmer-to-farmer, publications, mass media)
    Or develop further together (joint experimentation)
    Building a “community of theory and practice”
  • 11. Fish smoking oven (Niger)
    By M Saidou, JM Dipo, S Haoua, A Mamane
    South West Niger, men catch fish (“silure”: clariasgariepinus, labeocoubie) smoked by women in local oven (“Banda”)
    Banda selected by farmers for joint on-farm experimentation by interdisciplinary team (farmers, farmer innovators, researchers, academics, CSO agents and extension staff)
    4 new oven designs developed, which were tested and compared (using farmer and scientist criteria and methods) with 4 traditional ovens on-site
    Results were shared at local, national and international levels
  • 12. Fish smoking oven (cont.)
    Improved designs preferred:
    • Increased capacity and yield of smoked fish (from 50-80 kg to 250– 350 kg) and reduced wooduse(from 1000 to 167 kg)
    • 13. Safe use and reduced risk (burns, fire, theft,damage), Ease of work, timing, and weather conditions, freeing women to do other activities
    • 14. Better sensory quality and shelf life -> higher commercial value of fish, and reputation of Boumba fish traders
    • 15. Extra income spent on food, housing, social activities, and small stock
    • 16. Improved household gender relations
    • 17. Female innovators start cooperative and strengthen capacities (literacy of 16 women and 9 men)
    • 18. 7 new ovens built without external support
    • 19. Increased local demand, and product innovation:
    smoking bought fish in new oven
  • 20. Harnessing innovativeness and creativity
    Stimulate farmer-to-farmer learning (Fairs, markets, exchange visits, awards etc)
    Multi-media documenting of innovation
    (incl farmer-led documentation)
    Alternative funding mechanisms (Local
    Innovation Support Funds)
    Tapping into local solutions to global concerns
    (e.g. HIV/AIDS, climate change)
  • 21. Challenges
    PID training facilitates attitudinal/behavioural change, but no fundamental shifts within some Government organizations and unfavourablepolicy environments in many countries
    Hardware/production technology bias; need process orientation and focus on “soft” innovations (social organization, access to resources, marketing)
    Development challenges needtriple-bottom line solutions (ecological, social, economic)
  • 22. Contact us
    PROLINNOVA International Secretariat
    c/o ETC EcoCulture
    Kastanjelaan 5, P.O. Box 63
    3830 AB Leusden, The Netherlands
    Tel +31 33 432 6024