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Purdue University, the African Development Bank, and Catholic Relief Services invite you to

Innovations in Agriculture: Scaling Up to Reach Millions

Launch of the Scale Up Sourcebook

Why don’t more improved agricultural technologies go to scale in low-income countries? What have we learned about approaches that work? What can we do to link promising innovations with the right partners, markets, and financial resources?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Launch and panel discussion 3-5 PM.
Reception 5-6 PM.
National Press Club,
529 14th Street NW,
Washington DC 20045

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Suzanne Nielsen – 150th Anniversary Professor and Professor, Department of Food Science, Purdue University
Jerry Shively – Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture, Purdue University

Launch of the Scaling Sourcebook

Martin Fregene – Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry, African Development Bank

Changing drivers: moving from donor-driven projects to private sector-driven impact at scale Larry Cooley, President Emeritus, Management Systems International

Panel discussion
What have we learned? What must we do differently to facilitate technology adoption, agricultural investment and inclusive impact at scale? Moderated by Julie Howard – Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Center for Strategic and International Studies


Mima Nedelcovych – CEO, AfricaGlobal Schaffer

Ian Barker – Head of Agricultural Partnerships, Syngenta Foundation

Katie Naeve – Senior Impact and Partnership Manager, Root Capital Shaun Ferris – Director of Agriculture and Livelihoods, Catholic Relief Services

Katrin Kuhlmann – President and Founder, New Markets Lab

Q and A

Closing Remarks
Beth Dunford – Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, USAID
Gilbert Houngbo – President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (invited)


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About the Sourcebook

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In September 2018, Purdue University, in partnership with the African Development Bank, organized the major conference Innovations in Agriculture: Scaling Up to Reach Millions. This sourcebook is informed and inspired by that conference and is intended as an easy-to-use reference targeting a broad and diverse audience drawn from host governments, research institutions, and academic, business, policy and donor communities concerned with leveraging agricultural innovation to meet the needs of the world’s poor.

Table of Contents


Mitch Daniels – President, Purdue University

Akin Adesina – President, African Development Bank

Executive Summary


Chapter 1 – Designing Projects and Innovations with Scale in Mind

Chapter 2 – Assessing Scalability

Chapter 3 – Using Commercial Markets to Drive Pro-Poor Scaling

Chapter 4 – Financing the Transition to Scale

Chapter 5 – Creating an Enabling Environment for Scale - Partnerships, Policy, Behavioral Change, and Institutions

Chapter 6 – Tailoring Metrics, Monitoring and Evaluation to Support Sustainable Outcomes at Scale

Chapter 7 – The Critical Role of Intermediary and Donor Organizations

Chapter 8 – Conclusions

Chapter 9 – An Invitation to Continue the Conversation

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