Manifesto: Monique Salomon - Prolinnova: global networking


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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 those given at the event. For more information see:

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Manifesto: Monique Salomon - Prolinnova: global networking

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