USAID's Administrator Raj Shah has challenged USAID Missions and partners to reach more smallholder farmers with promising agricultural technologies. The development and adaptation of new technologies is often the purview of national and international research institutions, while scaling technologies – bringing them to the farmer in commercially sustainable ways – was traditionally done by other actors. That paradigm has radically shifted, blurring old distinctions, broadening responsibilities, and tightening collaborations to bring appropriate technologies to meet smallholder demand. How can technology-driven scaling efforts increase demand-driven adoption in the field? At this seminar, speakers from the research and technology dissemination field shared lessons from case studies in three areas:
- Research: Forming dissemination linkages within research programs in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa
- Adoption: Using research findings to scale adoption of technologies by smallholder farmers
- Market: Addressing constraints to commercializing the outputs of research institutes
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At this seminar Agrilinks welcomed Elizabeth Skewgar of USAID/BFS to the webinar chat. Elizabeth was available to answer questions from online participants and shared lessons she has learned as a part of her work on scaling technology. Elizabeth joined the U.S. Agency for International Development under the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program. She serves as a technical advisor on sustainable agricultural development in the Bureau for Food Security.