Research and Lessons Learned from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation Partnerships
Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation’s partnerships provide an on-the-ground look at the challenges and opportunities for commercializing new products and services for the smallholder market segment. In the following three reports, Partnering for Innovation draws from partnership experiences to explore commercialization of drip irrigation, seed technologies and food traceability technology in smallholder markets:
Drip Irrigation in Smallholder Markets: A Cross-Partnership Study
This study compares the approaches, successes and challenges of Partnering for Innovation’s three private sector partnerships to commercialize drip irrigation systems in smallholder markets. It also includes a case study of a similar development project, the Tanzania Agriculture Productivity Program. The study examines each of the profiled companies’ distinct approaches to entering the smallholder market, providing valuable information for both the private and development sectors.
Bringing Seeds to Market
This study distills lessons from six partnerships in Africa to inform both private sector investors and the international donor community about challenges and successful approaches to commercializing seed systems for smallholder farmers. It examines each partnership and then lays out the collective lessons learned for understanding seed market systems and operationalizing partnerships for seed technology commercialization.
Funding Traceability Technology: Lessons Learned for Commercializing Traceability Software in Emerging Markets
This report presents lessons learned from commercializing traceability software solutions in emerging markets and considers how the technology and traceability landscape has evolved since Partnering for Innovation’s partnerships with Farmforce and Solutions. Five key drivers for the adoption of traceability technologies are identified to provide insights that can guide discussions about lessons learned and future USAID investments in the sector.