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Scale Up Sourcebook

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.


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Innovations in Agriculture:

Scaling Up to Reach Millions

Held September 25-27, 2018
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

A conference focused on effective approaches to scaling up agricultural technologies and innovations in the developing world.


Scaled-up agricultural technologies and innovations can be a game-changer in food-insecure countries. This conference sought to address the following questions about scale up:

  • What hinders large scale adoption?
  • What makes things scalable?
  • What driving factors are critical for successful scale up? (e.g., markets, capital, policy, behavioral changes)
  • How can multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives facilitate success?
  • What has worked, what hasn’t, and why?
  • Who can I connect with at the conference to enhance scale up efforts?


This conference was intended for multiple audiences in the research to impact continuum.

  • Researchers: Increase the potential for successful commercialization of research efforts by better understanding scale up requirements and partner needs
  • Implementing organizations: Gain insight to working with donors, governments and industries for scaling up innovations toward sustainable agriculture
  • Business community: Understand the role and needs of both large agriculture companies and local businesses in scaling up. Develop and strengthen partnerships to expand markets
  • Policymakers: Understand how the regulatory framework and enabling environment catalyze or inhibit technology scale up that impacts the agricultural sector
  • Donors and investment communities: Understand the opportunities, challenges, and focus of the research community and implementing organizations, to form early relationships with attention to scale up needs


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Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, the 2017 World Food Prize laureate, was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2015 from Purdue University, where he earned master’s (1985) and doctoral (1988) degrees in agricultural economics. In 2015, Adesina was elected president of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). In 2011, he was appointed Nigeria’s minister of agriculture. Other positions he has held: principal economist for the West Africa Rice Development Association; associate director of food security at the Rockefeller Foundation; and vice president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. In 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as one of the leaders to spearhead the Millennium Development Goals. Forbes magazine named him African Person of the Year in 2013.

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