Under Feed the Future, research investments have produced thousands of innovations that have the potential to transform agriculture in developing countries, as well as more that are moving through the research pipeline. Many have since scaled up or are in the process of doing so. However, some innovations that have significant scaling potential have not yet entered into the scaling phase, have not reached their full-scale potential, or are not fully sustainable at scale. 

 While innovations do have inherent characteristics that may make them comparatively more or less scalable than others, the majority of the factors affecting scaling potential are related to the context of the target market and the characteristics of target consumers. Before selecting an innovation to scale, it is critical to understand which innovations are the best fit for the problem and the market system. 

Below are several Feed the Future resources meant to assist development partners in identifying and scaling best-fit innovations.

This is one of 18 technical guidances that provide a shared understanding of key concepts and best practices for designing and implementing Feed the Future programs under the Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS). Aid effectiveness principles are core to implementation across the technical areas of the GFSS.

The Sustainable Intensification Assessment Framework provides a set of indicators that can be used to assess the performance of an innovation in terms of the direct and indirect consequences within and across 5 domains considered as critical for sustainability, namely productivity, economic, environment, human condition and social domains. Although the framework is not designed for project design and evaluation, it can provide significant contributions to those efforts.

This toolkit is intended to identify constraints to and opportunities for scaling an innovation. Findings from the tool can inform decisions about whether, and where, to invest in the scaling up of specific innovations. The ASAT can also inform project design efforts to improve the scalability of an innovation, improve and strengthen market and public-sector systems to facilitate scaling, or both. The tool combines several modules including a scalability scoring matrix, a scaling pathway decision tree, and a dashboard.

 The “Assessing how Agricultural Technologies can change Gender Dynamics and Food Security Outcomes” toolkit describes an analytical process to understand the potential gender-related and nutritional impacts of specific agricultural technologies on women and men. The methodology aids in assessing whether agricultural technologies are gender-responsive and nutrition-sensitive in terms of design, use, and dissemination. The INGENAES technology assessment can be used to improve the design and dissemination of agricultural technologies in ways that increase adoption by men and women farmers.

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About Feed the Future
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. By equipping people with the knowledge and tools they need to feed themselves, Feed the Future is addressing the root causes of poverty and hunger, helping people end their reliance on aid, and creating important opportunities for a new generation of young people—all while building a more stable world.