A team from the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD, Cameroon), prepared the ground for the launch of a farmer innovation contest (FIC) in Cameroon. This ground preparation which took place from the 24th to 28th July, 2017 consisted mainly of: the training of farmer innovations scouters and the contest facilitators in West, South-West, and Adamawa regions of Cameroon; and the fine-tuning of jingles in Pidgin English, French and Fulfulde for radio announcement of the farmers innovations contest. The training sessions were attended by 146 scouters who are expected to submit about 300 valid farmer innovation applications within the six weeks slated for the scouting and submission of applications.
Participants expressed their satisfaction for gaining more understanding of what qualifies as farmers’ innovations, and of the whole FIC process. The scouters promised to do their best for identifying best farmers innovations of the target regions.
Farmer innovation contest (FIC) is a farmer innovations identification and rewarding activity that is planned to be implemented by the Programme of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI) across the 12 African countries where PARI is executed.
As part of the PARI objectives, the farmer innovation contest aims at identifying and supporting the refining, the promotion and the scaling of innovations generated essentially by the creativity of farmers. The FIC as well as PARI are programmes within the “One World No Hunger (SEWOH)” initiative funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development from Germany (BMZ).
These programmes are 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 already took place in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia in 2016. In 2017, the farmer innovation contest is organised by PARI only in Cameroon and Mali.