AgResults is Changing the Way We Think About Global Development

AgResults is a $118 million multi-donor, multi-lateral initiative incentivizing and rewarding high-impact agricultural innovations that promote global food security, health, and nutrition through the design and implementation of pull mechanism pilots.

AgResults originated at the June 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, when a group of G20 leaders committed to explore innovative, results-based methods of leveraging private sector innovation to increase agricultural productivity and food security in developing countries. Two years later, at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos Mexico, the governments of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $118 million to establish AgResults through a Financial Intermediary Fund operated by the World Bank.

By using pull mechanisms, AgResults extends beyond traditional aid measures to promote the adoption of innovative technologies with high-yield development impact. The objectives of AgResults are to:

1. Overcome market failures impeding agricultural innovations by offering results-based economic incentives (known as “pull” mechanisms) to competing private actors for the adoption of new agricultural technologies; and to

2. Test the effectiveness and efficiency of pull financing in comparison with traditional approaches to the promotion and adoption of innovative agricultural technologies.

Pilot Thematic Groups

  • Inputs Increasing Yields
  • Outputs Post-Harvest Management
  • Livestock
  • Nutrition
This Thematic Group focused on pilot ideas that would overcome market failures that contribute to low yields compared to their developed country counterparts. For example, average cereal yields in Africa are only 1.2 tons/hectare, whereas cereal yields in developed countries are on average 5.1 tons/hectare. This Thematic Group generated ten pilot ideas for pull mechanisms to spur sustainable markets that could help to close the yield gap. Read more »
Thematic Group 2 generated eleven pilot ideas that could address the problem of output management and the problem of high post-harvest losses (around 10-15%) in particular. Farmers in developing countries need access to sustainable markets for better crop management techniques to limit losses and take advantage of market opportunities thanks to accessible and affordable storage. Read more »
Thematic Group 3 developed six pilot ideas for the livestock area. About 70% of the world’s “extreme poor” depend on livestock for their livelihoods. Livestock are not only an important source of income for smallholder farmers but also a critical source of nutrition, accounting for 15% of total human food energy and 25% of dietary protein. Pull mechanism ideas aim at creating sustainable markets for more profitable and more resilient livestock holders. Read more »
Thematic Group 4 generated 11 pilot ideas in the nutrition area. More than 20 million children are severely malnourished globally; another 165 million are moderately malnourished. Nearly one billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies (lack of vitamins and minerals, sometimes referred to as “hidden hunger”). Ideas for pull mechanism pilots seek to overcome market failures for micronutrients and other vital products that could enhance the nutritional status of millions of people through sustainable markets. Read more »
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Key Milestones

The AgResults initiative is a partnership between: