Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

One of the strategic objectives of AgResults is to understand whether pull mechanisms work to solve market failures in agricultural development. The answer to this question will come from two sources- the Secretariat and the External Evaluator.  Drawing on the experience designing and implementing the pull mechanisms, the  Secretariat will present their lessons learned series which explores AgResults’ experiences in designed and implementing pull mechanisms. The series will have the goal of providing key lessons and recommendations that development practitioners should consider before designing agricultural-focused pull mechanisms. The Secretariat's lessons learned series is separated into two parts: Lessons Learned Articles and Lessons Learned Briefs. The Lessons Learned Articles are deeper dives where briefs are articles on challenges that arise in real time.


AgResults Lessons Learned Series:

Lessons Learned Article 1: Adaptive Design in Zambia

Lessons Learned Article 2: The Case for Reiterative Design in Uganda


AgResults Lessons Learned Briefs

Lessons Learned Brief 1: The Importance of Setting Up A Verification Baseline in Vietnam


The external evaluator is generating lessons learned based on their rigorous evaluations of the pull mechanism. This lessons learned series will have a broader perspective on focus on the overarching questions around the efficacy of pull mechanism as a development tool, whether they achieve their objectives and the conditions under which they are effective. The evaluators will generate lessons learned briefs around the following topics:

  • Suitability of a pull mechanism approach, focusing on the key conditions under which pull mechanisms can be an effective development tool.
  • Pull mechanism design and the primary elements to consider, such as the type of prize, choice of targeted solvers, and verification protocols.
  • Market impact and how to maximize it for pilots that aim to create a market for agricultural technologies.
  • Development impact, and how to maximize the expected impact on smallholder outcomes, and the interactions with market impact, including potential trade-offs.
  • Cost-effectiveness of pull mechanism design in achieving development or market impact.
  • Sustainability, focusing on the private sector’s engagement in technology provision beyond the pilot.
  • Evaluating pull mechanisms, focusing on methodological challenges and recommended approaches in conducting impact evaluations of pull mechanism pilots

AgResults External Evaluator Articles

External Evaluator Lessons Learned Article 1

External Evaluator Lessons Learned Article 2

The AgResults initiative is a partnership between: