This section contains technical guidelines that are of particular relevance to practitioners. Practitioners are professionals involved in producing, processing, trading and consuming biomass for food and non-food purposes and in providing related services. This also includes experts working for civil society organizations and development partners.
This booklet presents the winners of four annual farmer innovation contests in Upper East Ghana, from 2012 to 2015. The contest was implemented together with local partners including the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the non-governmental Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Office (NABOCADO), the research organizations Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) and Animal Research Institute (ARI) as well as farmer representatives. Overall, we received 314 eligible applications, of which 31 innovations were awarded. Four of the innovations were evaluated scientifically by SARI, after the farmers had been awarded. Three of the four innovations received supporting evidence for their effectiveness. All other innovations have not undergone scientific evaluation. The authors therefore cannot guarantee their effectiveness but invite readers to do further testing.