24.05.2017

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This report provides summary findings and conclusions from a set of five case studies examining the scaling up of pro-poor agricultural innovations through commercial pathways in developing countries.

The Synthesis Report: Review of Successful Scaling of Agricultural Technologies was produced for review by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in February 2017. The report includes five case studies that examined the scaling up of innovations in Bangladesh, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia.

The Bangladesh case examined scaling up access to agricultural machinery services in southwest
Bangladesh, the case study in Kenya concerned the scaling up of Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) hermetic storage bags, and in Senegal the Project team reviewed the scaling of a complex package of innovations designed to improve productivity and strengthen the value chain in irrigat-ed rice production in the Senegal River Valley.

The Uganda case concerned the scaling up of Kuroiler chickens, a high productivity breed that was developed in India for use by rural farmers and the Zambia case examined the scaling up of hybrid maize seed between 2005 and 2015 (there had been a first wave of scaling there in the 1980s).

The report provides an overview on the five case studies as well as several recommendations for donors to promote effective scaling up of agricultural innovations through commercial pathways.

The study’s findings also draw on the results of a one-day workshop at which the project team
presented the case studies and preliminary findings to a group of agriculture and scaling experts.

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