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Through their Tailor-made Training Programme, Nuffic has made funding available to Mahlathini Organics to work with KIT (The Dutch Royal Tropical Institute) and the Institute of Natural Resources (INR) to provide a training and mentorship programme that builds capacity in undertaking joint experimentation.

Joint experimentation, sometimes known as participatory innovation development (PID) is seen as an effective mechanism to develop solutions that are appropriate to the local environment rather than introducing solutions from outside, which often do not fit the social and physical context.

PID, which gives recognition to different sources of knowledge and idea (farmers, scientists, practitioners, market agents, etc.), stimulates innovative behaviour amongst stakeholders. It recognises and builds on the innovative capacity of farmers, but draws on other sources of knowledge too.

The Nuffic initiative comprised a 5-day training event followed by an implementation and mentorship component and then ending with a 3-day feedback session. The five day training workshop was conducted from 17 – 21 August 2015, attended by 24 participants from five Non-Governmental Organizations namely: LIMA Rural Development Foundation, SaveAct, Farmer Support Group, Zimele, Institute of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development – Okhahlamba District Office. The five day session covered the theory of joint experimentation and other participatory approaches used for determining research needs and designing and evaluating trials.

After the PID workshop in August 2015, each of the organisations was allocated funds to run a PID project with smallholder farmer in communities with whom they work. There PID projects were funded by Nuffic and the funds were channelled through the Institute of Natural Resources. A feedback workshop was held in Pietermaritzburg at African Enterprise from 11 -13 April 2016. The aim of this feedback session was for each participating organisation to give feedback of the type of innovations they have implemented.

This report is a consolidation of the final reports prepared by each of the organisations that received funding through the Nuffic initiative for PID activities.

Document Contents

  • PID report authors
  • Background to the project
  • Case 1: An innovation in prolonging brooding in hens in order to increase productivity in indigenous chickens
  • Case 2: Sinethemba PID egg production experiment
  • Case 3: Joint experimentation with Agroforestry systems for the improvement of fodder production in smallholder farming systems in Zwelisha, Bergville
  • Case 4: Ntenetyana natural resources management rehabilitation: Pilot 2015/16
  • Case 5: Eastern Cape, Participatory innovation development pilot: exploration of weed management processes in the CA-SFIP conservation agriculture experimentation
  • Case 6: Testing of sweet potato varieties under different soil fertility sources to identify the most preferred variety by farmers
  • Case 7: Comparing broiler rearing systems to identify the preferred method for smallscale farmers
  • Appendix 1: Minah Yende’s Household
  • Appendix 2: Phakamile Zondo
  • Appendix 3: Phumzile Phakathi’s household
  • Appendix 4: PID poster prepared to facilitate sharing
  • Appendix 5 Boiler Daily record sheet
  • Appendix 6: Broiler cycle yield sheet
  • Appendix 7: Broiler sales record sheet

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