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This website provides you with basic information and a description of the Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI) approach, its impact, training materials and trainers, and information about the network of organisations that have contributed to the development of ERI. You will also find more information about earlier and ongoing projects, interesting publications and videos linked to ERI, and upcoming events and activities….

ERI celebrated its first ever Farmer Innovation Fair at YARD grounds in Buikwe District

Buikwe District, Ngogwe Sub County,  4th September 2017 HORIZONT3000’s Farmer Innovation Fair is an event that recognizes and celebrates the creativity, ingenuity and innovativeness of men and women practicing small-scale farming.  This year’s motto “Unlocking Farmer’s Creativity” brought together farmers in one place and for one day, to showcase their innovations and share their experiences…

Welcoming RICE/WN to the ERI Network

Formed in 2004 and registered since 2005, the Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment – West Nile (RICE-West Nile) is a Ugandan Community Based, local NGO. RICE-West Nile is well known as an empowerment organization with five Program Departments: Community Health, Development Research, Environment and Natural Resources, Sustainable Agriculture and Governance, Human Rights and Peace. We kicked off our…

ERI joins Training of Trainers in Gender Action Learning Systems (GALS)

In early November ERI was invited by PELUM Uganda to participate in a Training of Trainers in the GALS methodology. GALS, which stands for Gender Action Learning Systems is a community-led, participatory empowerment tool that uses drawings to analyse livelihoods with a gender perspective within households, groups, and whole communities. We visited a community in…

“Efforts have been rewarded”

The Tic Ber women’s farmer group in Zombo district (West Nile) joined the ES-OEP Trias programme in 2014. 18 members were taken through the ERI process and Participatory Market Research. Irish potatoes and beans were chosen as the crops with most market potential. After a series of trainings on Good Agricultural Practices and entrepreneurship the…

GFRAS Good practice note for ERI approach

Through the following link you can find the GFRAS good practice note on ERI: GFRAS-GGPNote5-Enabling-Rural-Innovation (3). The paper was produced by HORIZONT3000, BOKU University and Prolinnova with financial support from GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), and PIM (the CGIAR Research Programme on Policies, Institutions, and Markets). You can retrieve the paper under ‘publications’ as well.

Trias Uganda completes trainings in ERI Trajectory

In March 2015 four ERI training workshops were concluded by Trias Uganda in conjunction with its local partners in West Nile regions, namely Arua District Farmers Association, Zombo District Farmers Association, Nyarurvur SACCO and Offaka SACCO. These were a set of ERI trainings organized in W.Nile for Trias’ new partners, in which the participants got…

Proposal development for HORIZONT3000 ERI East Africa Project, Phase II

The Austrian NGO HORIZONT3000 is currently carrying out an ERI based project with six partner organizations in Uganda and Tanzania (see HORIZONT3000 ERI EA Project). As the first phase of the ERI East Africa Project (2013 – 2015) is nearing completion, preparatory plans are already under way for the next phase (2016 – 2018). Partly…

Farmer Field Days in ERI

An important activity in ERI is organizing Farmer Field Days together with implementing farmer groups. Those events give farmers a chance to showcase their achievements, such as field experiments, market innovations, practices for sustainable agriculture or food security, to fellow farmers and other stakeholders. Farmer Field Days are typically hosted by farmers themselves with some…

ERI successes in ZOA

ZOA started working with ERI on a basic level in 2012 under the FSIG projects in Pader district in Uganda (funded by MWH foundation) using the early ERI Guide (CIAT 2006). When the new manual and related grainsack charts were published in 2012 (MangoTree), ZOA took up the full ERI program of 5 modules on participatory agro enterprise…

How a small group became a booming cooperative

What used to be a small, loose gathering of farmers in Kiryandongo District in Uganda, is now a successful cooperative with 800 members selling quality produce to large buyers. The story of this farmers’ group shows how strong commitment and vision, together with the right training and guiding methods, can lead to quick successes. Nyamahasa…