The 2008 International Partners Meeting successfully completed

 

The 2008 Prolinnova International Partners Meeting has just been completed in Tamale, Ghana.

The meeting brought together 33 advocates of participatory innovation development (PID) from 22 countries including farmers, NGOs, and staff of government ministries and extension agencies, research organizations and universities. The meeting extensively discussed experiences in the various countries with participatory innovation development, formulated lessons learnt and mapped out strategies to strengthen this important component in the Prolinnova programme.

The Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture presented the key note address during the opening session confirming his support for PID. He later joined other guests and invitees including the Regional Minister for Northern Ghana in visiting the information market showing the work done in the various Prolinnova countries.

The meeting provided ample opportunities to review and discuss recent development and challenges within Prolinnova. Participants thus looked at the relevance of PID for climate change adaptation, reviewed the attention to gender concerns in their activities, re-strategized efforts to integrate PID into curricula for centers of higher learning and discussed ways to improve existing M&E efforts. In a separate session, the findings of the first phase of the FAIR Action Research on Local Innovation Support Funds were presented as formulated during a three day writeshop with partners involved just prior to the main IPM event.

A full report of the IPM will be prepared and posted at this website before the end of May. All decisions taken during the meeting have been summarized in the 2008 Prolinnova Action Plan (MS word document; size : 66 KB)already available on this website. In the final evaluation participants stressed that the meeting, in spite of a few logistical hiccups, has been a great event for learning and joined planning and thus a source of inspiration for the year to come. Nepal has been kind enough to offer to host the 2009 IPM.

For more details, you can visit the IPM 2008 sub-site. More photos and output documents will be posted soon.

More photos of the 2008 IPM in Ghana.

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