Our Unique Approach

AgResults is a $152 million multilateral initiative that uses Pay-for-Results prize competitions to incentivize, or “pull”, the private sector to overcome agricultural market barriers by investing in innovative research and delivery solutions that improve the lives of smallholder farmers. At our core we are an experiential learning initiative, continuously building evidence on what works, and what does not, in using prize competitions to spur sustainable market change.

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Our Portfolio of Innovative Projects

Nigeria

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Nigeria Aflasafe™ Challenge Project

Completed

Uganda

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Uganda Legume Seeds Challenge Project

Completed

Zambia

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Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project

Completed

Vietnam

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Vietnam Emissions Reduction Challenge Project

In Progress

Kenya

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Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

Completed

Brucellosis (Global)

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Brucellosis Vaccine Challenge Project

In Progress

Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine

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Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Challenge Project

In Progress

Tanzania Dairy

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Tanzania Dairy Productivity Challenge Project

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AgResults by the Numbers

100

Competitors

368014

Smallholder Farmers Reached

8

Current and Past Projects

$12.08m

Prize Funds Awarded (approx)

News and Blog

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Published: May 21, 2020

Request for Proposals for Project Management Services for the Indonesia Aquaculture Challenge Project

The Secretariat of AgResults (“Secretariat”) invites your organization to submit a proposal (“Proposal”) to provide project management services in accordance with this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the AgResults Indonesia Aquaculture Project (“Project”).

The Project is a new prize competition project under the AgResults Initiative, which is financed by the governments of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information about AgResults, please visit www.AgResults.org.

The Project consists of a Pay-for-Results prize competition designed to spur uptake of improved aquaculture productivity-enhancing technologies in Indonesia. The prize incentive offered by AgResults will target the private sector to drive increased sales and use of equipment, resulting in increased smallholder aquaculture productivity and incomes.

The Secretariat expects to award a Firm-Fixed-Price Contract to the organization hired for the services detailed in this Request for Proposals (RFP) for a period of five years. Project Period: o/a August 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025

The overall estimated cost for this procurement is US$1 million. This is not a minimum or maximum but offerors should propose costs that are realistic and reasonable. This procurement will support implementation of a prize competition with an estimated prize funding pool of US$3.5 million that would be paid to competitors directly by AgResults.

Proposal procedures and instructions follow this letter in App and are incorporated herein and are made a part hereof. By submitting a Proposal and the required completed and signed “Anticorruption Compliance Certification” (Appendix 5), you will have consented to the terms of this RFP, including the proposal procedures and instructions.

Please note the deadline for receipt of proposal, with all required signatures, including a completed and signed Anticorruption Compliance Certification, is due no later than 1700 Hrs. US Eastern Daylight Time (US EDT) on June 19, 2020. Proposal documents should be submitted in one email to info@agresults.org. Please indicate “Indonesia Aquaculture Project Manager RFP” in the subject line of the email. The full timeline and instructions for this RFP are included in Appendix 1.

AgResults will review and evaluate proposal submissions using the evaluation criteria specified in Appendix 4 of this RFP and will select the organization(s) at its sole discretion. The selected organization(s) will be notified in writing. Notwithstanding the notification by the AgResults of the contemplated award, no work shall commence prior to the issuance and signature by the AgResults Secretariat of a Project Management Agreement. AgResults reserves the right to select any number of applying organizations or not to select any organization. The AgResults Secretariat reserves the right to award a contract for all or a portion of the work required, issue more than one contract, or to not award a contract.

We look forward to working with you on this opportunity. Should you have any questions or comments please direct them to info@agresults.org. We appreciate your responsiveness and look forward to a mutually beneficial business relationship.

The RFP and Appendices are linked below:

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Published: April 09, 2020

Monitoring and Responding to the Ongoing Impact of COVID-19

Like the rest of the international development community, AgResults recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on the health and safety of populations around the world. We are also aware of how COVID-19 is currently impacting our Challenge Projects in the field.

Given the unpredictable and ongoing nature of the outbreak, AgResults is regularly conducting ongoing risk analysis in each of our project countries and regions, coordinating with field teams to adjust our operations to on-the-ground conditions. In some cases, this may involve postponing activities. In other cases, we are modifying meetings and field approaches to minimize the threat to personal and public health.

At all times, AgResults' number one priority remains the safety and well-being of all involved stakeholders — from our in-country Project Managers to local companies participating in our prize competitions to the thousands of smallholder farmers who are at the center of our mission.

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Published: March 08, 2020

Can Prizes Make Food Systems More Equitable?

March 8, 2020

By Jared Klassen

Jared Klassen is a Program Officer for Agriculture and Food Systems Programs at Global Affairs Canada and currently sits on the AgResults Steering Committee.

As I grabbed a banana at lunch today, a small sticker reminded me that this fruit had travelled over 3500 km to get here. I couldn’t help but wonder which farmers had been involved in this banana’s journey from farm to supermarket shelf. Globally, about 80 percent of the food we eat comes from smallholder family farmers. Of those farmers, 40-50 percent are women, who make key contributions as business leaders, entrepreneurs, market sellers, horticulturalists, and farm workers.

Yet many of these women face barriers their male counterparts do not. Women represent only 15 percent of land owners in sub-Saharan Africa, where customary law and social norms limit their ability to own or inherit land. Despite their significant role in agriculture, women access only 5 percent of farm training services and receive less than 10 percent of farm loans to grow their businesses.

At AgResults, we’ve seen how Pay-for-Results prize competitions can help food systems become more inclusive, providing opportunities for smallholder farmers to increase their incomes and improve the well-being of their families. International Women’s Day is as good a day as any to ask how prize competitions can be intentional about supporting women’s leadership and making food systems more equitable.

Why We Should Encourage Equality

In addition to the inherent value in supporting women’s equality, there is strong evidence to show that making food systems more equitable would profoundly benefit communities around the world.

Equal access to productive resources could increase yields on women-run farms by 20-30%, and end hunger for 150 million people globally. In Tanzania, women with strong land rights earn up to 3.8 times more income. According to a McKinsey Global Institute report, gender equality could boost African economies by 10 percent of their collective GDP by 2025.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme, Each for Equal, reminds us that equality is not only a women’s issue. Each of us can help create a gender-equal world, “challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.” We can challenge our economies and food systems to be more equitable as well.

Prize Competitions and Equitable Systems

To make food systems more equitable, we must ask key questions early on when designing prize competitions: What are the barriers that women face in agriculture and food systems? Where are women already showing leadership in their communities? Are there particular crops, on-farm responsibilities, or sales practices where women lead? And how can a prize “nudge” other businesses to create more opportunities for women to lead and be appreciated for their contributions to food systems?

By asking these questions early on, rather than simply counting how many women were involved by the end of the project, we can be much more intentional in addressing inequalities to create lasting change.

Success in Ethiopia

One example of a successful effort to address inequality in food systems is Canada’s continued support for Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Program, now in its second phase. This large-scale initiative includes help for smallholder farmers to grow more nutritious foods for their families and increase their incomes.

Canada has been intentional about supporting women in Ethiopia working in agriculture. For example, a new market center has helped women farmers and farm groups who previously had to sell the vegetables they grew at cheap prices, or even throw them away during dry and rainy seasons when the vegetables would easily spoil. The new market center has enabled these women to better preserve the vegetables they grow and collectively market the produce to larger buyers. Women now play a leadership role in nearly all steps of the vegetables’ journey to market, including production, local transportation, packing, and wholesaling to large buyers. This initiative has dramatically expanded their market and income.

Similarly, we can and should structure prize competitions to encourage businesses to empower women to take leading roles in different stages of agricultural production and marketing. When strategically designed, prizes can help businesses appreciate the importance of women as customers, managers, and shapers of economies and food systems.

How Can You Help Create a More Equitable World?

This year’s International Women’s Day gives us a chance to reflect on what equality could look like in our communities. Whether we encourage positive change in our workplaces, challenge businesses and influential organizations to embrace gender equality, or make day-to-day choices that celebrate women’s achievements, each of us can play a role in creating a more equitable world.

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Published: March 08, 2020

#EachforEqual: Promoting Gender Inclusivity for Dairy Farmers in Tanzania

March 8, 2020

By Neema Mrema

Neema Mrema is the Project Manager Lead for the AgResults Tanzania Dairy Productivity Challenge Project.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we must engage both men and women to jointly make decisions and commit to making the world a better place to live. This year’s theme, ‘Each for Equal,’ shows us that it is every person’s responsibility to work toward equality without discrimination by enhancing opportunities for growth.

This is especially true in development programming, where opportunities for men and women may vary dramatically due to different needs and constraints. I serve as Project Manager for the AgResults Tanzania Dairy Productivity Challenge Project, which engages dairy input suppliers in the country’s coastal areas to provide high-quality input bundles to smallholder dairy farmers so they can improve productivity and raise incomes. Gender norms currently constrain women’s ability to make decisions and take control of high-value activities in the dairy value chain, but AgResults’ unique approach using Pay-for-Results prize competitions has the potential to reduce these barriers while encouraging participation among both men and women.

To ensure that the Tanzania competition promotes inclusivity, AgResults engaged a Farmer-to-Farmer gender specialist to identify current gender constraints in the dairy smallholder farm and input supply subsectors. From the findings, the specialist provided specific recommendations on how input suppliers can conduct outreach to better reach women and involve them in the competition. These input businesses are uniquely positioned as catalysts to transform women’s role in the dairy sector by building a more inclusive environment for women to access advisory services while also providing technical assistance support to educate smallholder dairy farmers.

Make Advisory Services More Accessible to Engage Women

The gender analysis indicated that in urban and peri-urban areas of Tanzania, dairy businesses are family-owned, while in rural settings, men own the business. But there is a stark division of labor: Women are overwhelmingly the ones involved in livestock management — from daily feeding and milking to hygiene and early detection of diseases and conception. In contrast, only men are involved during collection of milks sales proceeds, negotiation on input purchase in case of credit schemes, seminars and training, and negotiation of milk price. If input suppliers increase women’s access to high-quality inputs and advisory services, women can more easily participate in higher-value work and gain a louder voice in the process.

When veterinary and other advisory services are located nearer to the farm, women are more likely to be involved in procuring inputs. Bringing these services closer to women can increase the likelihood of input businesses engaging them. Businesses should also consider women’s workloads, schedules, and domestic duties when planning how to deliver trainings. In this way, input businesses can more equitably facilitate women’s participation alongside men to buy inputs, receive advisory support, sell milk products, and make production decisions.

Increase Farmers’ Knowledge for Long-Term Adoption

The gender analysis also revealed potential hurdles to the competition’s promotion of quality inputs: Use of inputs may increase women’s on-farm workload, at least in the short-term as they begin to incorporate new practices into their approach. If a higher use of inputs translates to more work, women may not see the incentive to engage since the workload could outweigh any extra income generated. Therefore, it is critical for the project to find ways to still motivate women and persuade them to recognize the value of continued input use.

As catalysts for change, input suppliers can see this as an opportunity to instill a holistic ‘business mindset’ to dairy farmers – both men and women – so that they approach farming as a formal business. Improving knowledge of feeding practices, management practices, and good animal husbandry (care, vitamins, vaccines, water, and importance of a clean shed) will improve profitability while providing key technical support.

With its design, the AgResults Tanzania project has the potential to promote behaviors that will empower women, and we will continue to gather important lessons about gender equality as the project progresses. The IWD theme ‘Each for Equal’ reminds us that to ensure equal participation and sustainable engagement of women in Tanzania and elsewhere, we must first build an environment that enables women to access equal benefits. It is the responsibility of everyone, including myself, to take part to collectively achieve equality.

The AgResults Tanzania Dairy Productivity Challenge Project, managed by Land O’Lakes Venture37, is part of AgResults, a $145 million collaborative initiative between the governments of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank Group. AgResults uses prize competitions to incentivize the private sector to overcome market barriers and create lasting change. Under AgResults’ Pay-for-Results model, these competitions encourage actors to achieve predetermined results thresholds and quality for monetary prizes.

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Published: February 24, 2020

Interim Vietnam Competition Results Highlight Ongoing Progress to Reduce GHG Emissions

February 24, 2020

Three years in, the AgResults Vietnam GHG Emissions Reduction Challenge Project has had the opportunity to reflect on its accomplishments testing climate-smart agriculture technologies that increase rice yields. On January 8, the project hosted a learning event with key stakeholders; shortly after, participating private sector companies received prizes for their Phase 2 Crop 2 achievements.

The January 8 learning event brought together key representatives from the Thai Binh People’s Committee, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Crop Production Department, Thai Binh DARD and its Extension Centre to reflect on the project’s efforts to drive down GHG emissions in rice production in the province. Also in attendance were four private sector competitors — An Dinh, Thai Binh Seed, FARI SEED, and Binh Dien Fertilizer — who are participating in the Pay-for-Results prize competition to develop, test, and scale up technologies and tools to reduce GHG emissions in rice production.

The event included remarks a Spring and Summer 2019 Crop evaluation from the Project Manager (SNV) and the Secretariat, as well as an overview of the verification and prize award calculation process. SNV also facilitated a discussion among the four competitors about their experiences as participants. These conversations highlighted the opportunities and challenges around encouraging smallholder farmers to adopt technological packages and modify their practices.

“I would like to thank the Project Management Board of AgResults for initiating this challenging yet meaningful project in Viet Nam,” said Mr. Tran Manh Bao of Thai Binh Seed Corporation. “Thanks to the project, at the corporate level, we have realized the importance of sustainable agriculture production and our own roles model to further enhancing it.”

The event, which was the project’s second Lessons Learned event, reflected the continued emphasis on openness and interaction among the competitors, government officials, and the project staff.

“All key technical and management challenges are regularly collected, documented, and discussed among all parties for timely solutions and appropriate refinement of rules,” explained Project Manager Lead Tran Thu Ha. “This complete transparency has helped the project move forward steadily and has been appreciated across all stakeholders.”

Following the event, AgResults finalized the awards to competitors for their work during Phase 2 Crop 2 of the project. This period covered the summer cropping season, during which the four competitors continued to scale their improved rice growing technologies with smallholder farmers; all four competitors were again successful in increasing yields and reducing rice emissions. These four received proportional prize amounts from a total prize purse of US $500,000 based on their results: Thai Binh ($301,111.49), Binh Dien ($75,820.17), An Dinh ($67,507.46), and FARI SEED ($55,552.88).

Overall, the four technology packages in Crop 2 resulted in an average yield increase of 23.19% and an average GHG reduction of 12.46% against baseline practices. To date, more than 7,000 smallholder farmers have participated in applying these technologies to their rice production processes. 2020 will see two more cropping seasons in which competitors attempt to scale their technologies to as many farmers as possible as they compete for the grand prize.

The AgResults Vietnam GHG Emissions Reduction Challenge Project (2017 – 2020) is a US$8 million prize competition that aims to develop, test, and scale up innovative technologies, tools, and approaches to increase yields and reduce GHG emissions in rice production. The project uses results-based prize incentives to encourage private competitors to deliver packages and training to smallholder farmers. These new approaches will help lower GHG emissions, protect the environment, and ultimately reduce poverty among smallholder farmers in the Thai Binh province in the Red River Delta.

Funded by USAID (US), DFID (UK), DFAT (Australia), GAC (Canada), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, AgResults has designed and implemented prize competitions since 2013 focused on spurring fundamental change in market relationships between the private sector and smallholder farmers.

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Published: February 20, 2020

Request for Proposals for Data Collection and Tracking Services for the AgResults Tanzania Dairy Productivity Challenge Project

February 21, 2020

The Secretariat of AgResults (“Secretariat”) invites your organization to submit a proposal (“Proposal”) to provide Data Collection and Tracking Services (DCTS) in accordance with this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the AgResults Tanzania Dairy Productivity Project (“Project”).

The Project is a new project under the AgResults Initiative, which is financed by the governments of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information about AgResults, please visit www.AgResults.org.

The Project consists of a Pay-for-Results prize competition designed to spur improvements in smallholder dairy productivity in Tanzania. The prize incentive offered by AgResults will target the private sector to drive improved dairy input availability and use, resulting in increased smallholder dairy productivity and incomes.

The Secretariat expects to award a Firm-Fixed-Price Contract to the organization(s) hired for the services detailed in this Request for Proposals (RFP) for a period of four years and two months: Project Period: March 23, 2020 to May 31, 2024

Proposal procedures and instructions follow this letter in Appendix 1 and are incorporated herein and are made a part hereof. By submitting a Proposal and the required completed and signed “Anticorruption Compliance Certification” (Appendix 5), you will have consented to the terms of this RFP, including the proposal procedures and instructions.

Please note the deadline for receipt of proposal, with all required signatures, including a completed and signed Anticorruption Compliance Certification, is due no later than 1700 Hrs. US Eastern Daylight Time (US EDT) on March 06, 2020. Proposal documents should be submitted in one email to info@agresults.org. Please indicate “Dairy Project DCTS RFP” in the subject line of the email. The full timeline for this RFP is included in Appendix 1.

AgResults will review and evaluate proposal submissions using the evaluation criteria specified in Appendix 4 of this RFP and will select the organization(s) at its sole discretion. The selected organization(s) will be notified in writing. Notwithstanding the notification by the AgResults of the contemplated award, no work shall commence prior to the issuance and signature by the AgResults Secretariat of a Project DCTS Agreement. AgResults reserves the right to select any number of applying organizations or not to select any organization. The AgResults Secretariat reserves the right to award a contract for all or a portion of the work required, issue more than one contract, or to not award a contract.

We look forward to working with you on this opportunity. Should you have any questions or comments please direct them to info@agresults.org. We appreciate your responsiveness and look forward to a mutually beneficial business relationship.

The RFP and associated documents are linked below:

1. Request for Proposals for Data Collection and Tracking Services for the AgResults Tanzania Dairy Productivity Challenge Project

2. Appendix 6: Pricing Template

3. Response to DCT System RFP Questions

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