Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR): Partners’ workshop and policy dialogue
The Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR) project aims to strengthen biocultural innovation for food security in the face of climate change in China, India, Kenya and Peru. This fi ve-year project initiated in 2012 supports innovation by small-scale farmers by supporting biocultural heritage (interlinked traditional knowledge, biodiversity, landscapes, cultural and spiritual values and customary laws) and by linking farmers with scientists and policymakers. Biocultural innovation arises from interaction between the components of biocultural heritage, or between traditional knowledge and science.
This workshop brought together SIFOR research teams from the four countries, and government representatives, researchers and Mijikenda farmers from Kenya, to share the findings of a baseline study in the SIFOR communities, develop strategies to strengthen TK-based innovation, explore how policies affect TK-based innovation, provide a space for dialogue between farmers and policy makers in Kenya, and develop strategies for policy engagement.