Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Scaling Up of Hermetic Bag Technology (PICS) in Kenya: Review of Successful Scaling of Agricultural Technologies

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November 16, 2016

This report is a case study examining the scaling up of Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags through commercial pathways in Kenya from 2013 to early 2016. It is one in a series of studies looking at successful scaling up of agricultural innovations in developing countries. USAID's Bureau for Food Security (BFS) commissioned the E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project to conduct these studies as part of its efforts to scale up the impact of the Feed the Future food security initiative. This overall research is designed to provide a better understanding of what types of innovations and country contexts are best suited to scaling up through commercial pathways, and what activities, strategies, and support are necessary to facilitate that successfully.

The purpose of this study is to document the scaling up of PICS bags, identify the current level of penetration, and seek applicable lessons for achieving scale in agricultural innovations through commercial pathways in this and other contexts. It identifies the factors affecting scaling up, as well as the drivers, spaces, and strategies that led to success. It lists the characteristics of the innovation, characteristics of the context and enabling environment, and specific activities to encourage adoption and strengthen the value chain and market system as needed.