A USAID report recently reviewed five case studies of successful scaling up of pro-poor agricultural innovations. The innovations from Bangladesh, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia included improved crop and livestock varieties as well agricultural inputs and equipment. The case studies revealed that scalable innovations must be easy to adopt and affordable, address a perceived need, and have immediate and tangible benefits. Functioning value chains, private-sector partners, and complementary financial services proved to be invaluable for successful commercial scaling of these innovations. The report concludes with recommendations to donors for facilitating the scaling up of future innovations.
Additional highlights from this week’s Compact2025 News in Brief include:
- Special issue of Global Food Security highlights lessons from nutrition improvements in six countries documented by the Stories of Change initiative.
- Small Farms: Stewards of Global Nutrition? explores the importance of sustainably produced healthy diets to end hunger and malnutrition.
- IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition to be held in Buenos Aires October 15 – 20.