From the 23rd to 30th September 2017, an evaluation committee consisting of 15 experts from the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD, Cameroon), and the National Programme of Agricultural Extension and Research (PNVRA/MINADER, Cameroon), evaluated 162 farmer innovation applications from Mifi (Western Cameroon), Fako (South-Western Cameroon), and Vina (Adamawa region of Cameroon).
The innovation applications which relate to processing and post-harvest management (33%), crop production (26%), animal production (15%), and mechanisation (6%) were submitted by 31 Youths, 46 Women, and 85 Men during the farmer innovation contest jointly organised by FARA, IRAD, and ZEF from 31st July to 8th September, 2017.
Each of the applications was evaluated based on six criteria (originality, affordability, replicability/adaptability, political-social-cultural acceptability, profitability, and climate adaptability/environmental friendliness) jointly and initially defined by the evaluation committee members. At the end of the evaluation step, 45 outstanding innovations (15 youths, 15 women and 15 men in all 3 competing regions of Cameroon) were shortlisted.
Field visits to pre-selected innovative farmers will allow the evaluation committee verify the innovations and their real origins, and select the 27 best innovative farmers (9 youths, 9 women and 9 men from all 3 competing regions) who will be given agri-business expanding prizes during a national farmers’ award ceremony. In all, the evaluation panel commended the methodological process followed by the contest and the evaluation.
Farmer Innovation Contest (FIC) is a farmers’ innovations identification and rewarding activity implemented by the Programme of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI) across 12 African countries. As part of the PARI objectives, the farmer innovation contest aims at identifying and supporting the refining, promotion and scaling of innovations generated essentially by the creativity of farmers. PARI is a programme within the “One World No Hunger (SEWOH)” initiative funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development from Germany (BMZ). It is coordinated by the centre for Development Research (ZEF, from University of Bonn) at international level, and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) at African level. The implementation of the FIC within the PARI programme has already taken place in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia in 2016. In 2017, the farmer innovation contest is being organised by PARI in Cameroon and Mali.