PEFIGG

Projet d’Appui et de promotion des innovations paysannes pour le Développement du Bénin (PAPIPDeB)

PEFIGG is a research-action project of four years, to promote local innovation and thus contribute to food security and the conservation of resources.

The project will study how the anchoring of research and extension within local communities can allow a positive and constructive experiences and knowledge exchanges between researchers, extensionists and farmers.

It is in this context that relevant local innovations can be identified and characterized, supported, and improved jointly and conveyed and thus contribute to the increase of food production and the sustainable conservation of resources.

Objectives

- Strengthen the capacity within the agricultural research institutions, extension services, NGOs, community organizations, and local communities, for the effective support of the experimentation and local innovation of peasants in the management of natural resources.

- Accelerate the spread of innovations generating good production and a focus on the sustainable and environmental conservation of resources, to the farmers lacking resources to improve livelihoods and food security of the households.

- Promote political and institutional arrangements that recognize the relevance of knowledge and innovative capacity of farmers in the development process and are inspired by it.

- Develop and apply a methodological reproducible to boost and use in a creative way the local innovation based on a better understanding of the context and the dynamics of experimentation and innovation.

- Forge a partnership at the national and sub-regional level for the sharing of knowledge, experiences and good practices.

Methodology

The PEFIGG has opted for an approach based on partnership between different organizations for capacity-building, characterization, documentation, experimentation, and the diffusion of innovations.

The program propose a partnership (Ngos, farmers organizations, local communities, structures of research and extension services), built around a participative research-development and around national themes of priority-focused on innovative and conservative agricultural practices of the environment, with a strong imprint of locals innovations.

 

Expected results

PEFIGG hope to achieve.

  • An increase availability of appropriate innovations, and at a lower cost.
  • An improvement of the production, conservation and biodiversity through the application of a greater number of innovative and effective practices in the field of the conservation of resources, and that are readily adoptable by a large number of farmers with low resources.
  • The gradual integration of the methodology experimentation and innovation of farmers in research and extension programs.
  • The establishment of mechanisms that facilitate an increased participation of innovators peasants in the policies formulation.
  • The establishment of mechanisms that ensure that decision-makers are informed about the process and the results of the methodology experimentation and innovation of the peasant
  • The promotion of the institutionalization of the experimentation and innovation of peasants into agricultural policies and the management of current natural resource management of governments and donors.