Prolinnova Kenya

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General Information

Crop: No crop specified

Country: Kenya

Initiated in 2007

Prolinnova–Kenya (PK) is a network of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), government research and extension organizations, farmer organizations, universities, and community-based organizations (CBOs). It came together in 2007 to foster learning about promoting farmer-led innovation processes. It was initiated by 25 partners in agricultural R&D in a meeting organized and facilitated by the coordinating NGO of Prolinnova-Uganda.

Members: None specified. In general, it is consist of networks engaging in government research and extension organizations, as well as NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBSs), farmer organizations, and universities. There is an International Steering Committee formed by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), the Institute of Natural Resources (INR), and Promoting Farmer Innovation and Experimentation in the Sahel (PROFEIS)



Lack of farmers’ resilience to external shocks

The aim is to address is the lack of resilience of farmers towards of the changing conditions of their livelihoods. It seeks to recognize the dynamics of indigenous knowledge and to enhance the capacities of farmers to adjust to change by developing their own innovations and appropriate systems of natural resource management (NRM) so as to achieve food security, sustain their livelihoods, and safeguard the environment.


Intentions and aspiration

Learn from local knowledge and enhance farmers’ resilience through their own innovations and systems

The platform brings together multiple stakeholders, and targets networks of farmers, pastoralists, researchers, development agents, and policy makers to promote information exchange regarding sustainable local innovations. In this way, the platform intends to enhance food security, safeguard the environment, and improve rural and urban livelihoods in order to offer sustainable livelihoods via local innovations regarding local and natural resources. Their mission is to foster a culture of mutual learning through networks and capacity strengthening in local innovation processes, as well as up-scaling in agriculture and NRM.


Arrangements and capacitities

[The information below relates to the global Prolinnova platform]

The platform often operates through a local NGO on the country level. The NGO convenes major stakeholders, serves as the secretariat for the National Steering Committee (NSC), and involves researchers, extension, education and other NGOs, farmer groups, and occasionally the private sector. The secretariat also determines the tasks for individual members to become part of the International Support Team (IST) and the partner organization in which the NGO allocates staff members holding an MoU. The role of the NSC is to give strategic guidance and mobilize resources, and it is the focal point for accountability. The NSC has a small team that coordinates day-to-day activities. In addition, the IST supports the national activities via capacity strengthening, coordination, coaching, policy dialogue, networking, and communication.


Activities and outputs

The platform delivers core activities to its members, including developing an inventory and database of existing local innovations, innovators and partner organizations in Kenya; building the capacity of stakeholders in participatory approaches for agricultural R&D; developing a strategy in order to increase awareness amongst all stakeholders of local innovation so as to ensure joint innovation by strengthening partnerships between stakeholders; setting up a multistakeholder platform for knowledge sharing the strengths and weaknesses of promoting local innovation and local initiatives in Kenya; and developing an M&E framework. Moreover, information is available via videos, leaflets, reports, and other communication materials on their website.


Monitoring and evaluation

An M&E framework with guidelines for the global and local PROLINNOVA tracking of results was developed in 2006. An international workshop to learn from the M&E experiences was held in Ethiopia in 2010. With support from CIRAD (France), the individual country platforms (such as Kenya) developed participatory impact assessment guidelines in 2010.


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