What does it take to scale agricultural technologies in Malawi?

A wide variety of different agricultural innovations and technologies—from seed varieties and fertilizer trees, to inoculants and aquaculture systems—have been proposed by agricultural development programs in Malawi. But how many of these technologies have, or can, be scaled up beyond a project lifecycle? What prevents them from being scaled? How can we learn from the >> Read more

Harnessing the power of big data for agricultural research and development

Today marks the official launch of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, a new platform which aims to harness the power of big data for agricultural research and development. This is an exciting new frontier in agricultural research-for-development. Better use of data will help drive better policy decisions, helping solve development problems more >> Read more

New study looks at early effects of Africa RISING Program in Malawi

[Originally posted on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets website.] “Agricultural (research) programs without rigorous impact evaluation tend to focus on rapid testing (and rollout) of technologies with high-probability adopters to provide swift feedback to donor constituencies. Such programs also tend to favor numeric accomplishments over a deeper understanding of complex development >> Read more