Learning from AgResults

AgResults learning takes two forms:

  1. Learning generated from the experience of AgResults in designing and implementing projects;
  2. Learning generated from the External Evaluator in its independent ongoing review of AgResults projects.

Since 2013, AgResults has developed a variety of knowledge products, which can be found in the Learning Library below. The library is searchable by keyword and by a specific AgResults project, using the "All Tags" drop-down box.

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pdf Presentation: Prize Competitions to Drive Livestock Productivity New

In Learning Library Tagged in Brucellosis (Global), Learning Library 6 downloads

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GASL 2019 Parallel Session_final.pdf

This presentation from the 2019 Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) meeting, introduces AgResults' framework, which uses prize competitions to encourage the private sector to overcome market challenges. The World Bank and AgResults Secretariat share lessons from designing and implementing competitions to strengthen livestock health and productivity: a global Brucellosis vaccine competition, a vaccine competition to address Foot and Mouth Disease in Eastern Africa, and a Tanzania-based competition to boost dairy productivity.

pdf Final Report: Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Zambia PVA Maize 130 downloads

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AgResults Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project_Final Report.pdf

In Zambia, approximately 31% of children and 21% of women are affected by Vitamin A deficiency. The Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project (2014-2018) used a Pay-for-Results (PfR) prize structure to incentivize commercial millers to source, produce, and market Pro-Vitamin A (PVA) maize meal and boost consumer demand to increase PVA maize consumption. Although the project closed early due to the lack of market response and ongoing enabling environment challenges, it still resulted in rich learning around what works and does not work when designign and implementing PfR prize competitions.

document AgResults Toolkit Prize Concept Review Framework

In Learning Library Tagged in Brucellosis (Global), Kenya Storage, Nigeria Aflasafe, Uganda Legumes, Vietnam Emissions, Zambia PVA Maize 61 downloads

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AgResults Toolkit_PrizeConceptReviewFramework.pptx

The AgResults Prize Concept Review Framework assesses concepts for validity as a prize competition. The framework comprises four key questions on the (a) market failure, (b) missions impact, (c) prize design, and (d) enabling environment. 

pdf The Kenya On-Farm Storage Pay-for-Results Contest: Competitor Responses and Perspectives Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Kenya Storage 437 downloads

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AgResults LL7_Kenya Competitors_Mar2019.pdf

Which factors empowered private sector companies to develop, market, and sell on-farm storage devices to smallholders in Kenya? Which factors hindered others' success? This Lessons Learned article explores the perspectives of those competitors who participated in the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project.

pdf Evaluation Final Report: Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Nigeria Aflasafe 755 downloads

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Final Evaluation Report_Nigeria_2019_updated.pdf

This evaluation for the Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project, conducted after Year 3, found that the project succeeded in creating a niche market for Aflasafe-treated maize. Aflasafe adoption increased by 56 percentage points, and average net income from maize increased by 16 percent. The evaluation found that it cost the project $43-85 to increase farmer income by $100 annually.

pdf The Nigeria Aflasafe Maize Challenge: Competitor Perspectives Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Nigeria Aflasafe 430 downloads

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The Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project - Competitor Perspectives.pdf

The Nigeria Aflasafe Maize Challenge: Competitor Perspectives

What were some of the challenges and opportunities that arose among the private sector companies that participated in the Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project? This Lessons Learned article shares insights that emerged from discussing competitors' experiences and perspectives.

pdf Helping Vietnam Meet Its NDCs through an Agricultural Competition Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 146 downloads

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Helping Vietnam Meet its NDCs through an Agricultural Prize Competition.pdf

Helping Vietnam Meet Its NDCs through an Agricultural Competition

This presentation for COP24 highlights the AgResults Vietnam Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Challenge Project, specifically efforts of private sector participants to scale up improved technologies to help farmers increase rice yields while decreasing GHG emissions. The project aims to reach 20,000 smallholder farmer households across the Thai Binh province in the Red River Delta.

pdf AgResults Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project: Summary Report Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Kenya Storage 216 downloads

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AgResults Kenya Project Summary Report_Final.pdf

AgResults Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project: Summary Report

Written by Tanager, the Project Manager for the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project, this report summarizes the objectives, approach, and achievements of the project, which aimed to encourage sales of on-farm grain storage devices to smallholder farmers.

pdf USAID BFS Evaluating Pull Mechanisms, Initial Lessons Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator 202 downloads

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USAID_BFS_Evaluating_Pull_Mechanisms_Initial_Lessons.pdf

USAID BFS Evaluating Pull Mechanisms, Initial Lessons

This presentation includes an overview of AgResults pull mechanisms, the evaluation framework for the external evaluation and initial lessons learned. The authors are Tulika Narayan and Denise Mainville of Abt Associates and Denise Mainville Consulting.

pdf Remote Sensing and Modeling to Verify Improved Rice Farming to Scale in Vietnam Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 202 downloads

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Remote Sensing and Modeling to Verify Improved Rice Farming to Scale in Vietnam.pdf

Remote Sensing and Modeling to Verify Improved Rice Farming to Scale in Vietnam

In this presentation for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Congress 2018, Dr. William Salas explores the role that remote sensing and modeling technologies have played to gather critical data on the efficacy of different rice growing practices.

pdf Vietnam GHG Emissions Reduction Challenge Project: IRRI Congress 2018 Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 143 downloads

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International Rice Research Institute Presentation - AgResults Vietnam GHG Emissions Reduction.pdf

Vietnam GHG Emissions Reduction Challenge Project: IRRI Congress 2018

In this presentation for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Congress 2018, Dr. Tran Thu Ha illustrates key features of the most effective technology packages developed by competitors in the Vietnam Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Challenge Project.

pdf Evaluator Lessons Learned #3: Nigeria Aflasafe Project Evaluation Findings Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Nigeria Aflasafe 319 downloads

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Evaluator Lessons Learned 3_Nigeria Aflasafe Project Evaluation Findings_updated.pdf

Evaluator Lessons Learned #3: Nigeria Aflasafe Project Evaluation Findings

This October 2018 brief summarizes evaluation findings of the AgResults Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project. AgResults’ external evaluators found that the competition led to the creation of a niche market for Aflasafe-treated maize and an increase in net income from maize among the smallholder farmers reached by the project.

pdf Incentivizing Affordable On Farm Storage for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Kenya Storage 165 downloads

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Incentivizing Affordable On-Farm Storage for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya.pdf

Incentivizing Affordable On Farm Storage for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya

This presentation from the Scaling Up Conference at Purdue University in September 2018 explores how private sector companies participating in the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project employed different tactics to increase smallholder farmers' access to and use of on-farm storage devices.

pdf Evaluation Baseline Report: Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Uganda Legumes 125 downloads

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Baseline Report AgResults Uganda 2018 08.pdf

This report presents baseline evaluation results for the Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project, which was terminated early. It includes findings from a survey of 1,800 smallholders, in-depth interviews with a subset of farmers, and seed quality assessment results using seed from 300 farmers who reported using quality seed.

pdf Cost versus Complexity in Pay-for-Results Prize Verification: Lessons from the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Kenya Storage 173 downloads

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AgResults LL5_Kenya Verification_Mar2018.pdf

Cost versus Complexity in Pay-for-Results Prize Verification: Lessons from the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

How do you design an effective approach to project verification in a Pay-for-Results project? This Lessons Learned article explains how the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project ran into challenges with its original verification structure and course-corrected using survey data.

pdf Addressing Neglected Animal Diseases through Pay-for-Results Incentives: Lessons from Marketing a Global Brucellosis Vaccine Competition Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Brucellosis (Global) 155 downloads

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AgResults LL4_Brucellosis Phase 1_Feb2018.pdf

Addressing Neglected Animal Diseases through Pay-for-Results Incentives: Lessons from Marketing a Global Brucellosis Vaccine Competition

This Lessons Learned article explores the experience of AgResults during the Brucellosis Challenge design, launch, and Year 1 implementation phases.

pdf Kenya Randomized Rural Household Survey Final Report Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Kenya Storage 208 downloads

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AgResults Kenya RRHS Final Report.pdf

Kenya Randomized Rural Household Survey Final Report

This report from January 2018 presents the findings from a Randomized Rural Household Survey (RRHS) conducted in 14 counties of Kenya as part of the AgResults Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project. The RRHS aimed to understand the proportion of smallholder farmers living in those 14 counties where the project worked and to estimate the number of on-farm storage devices purchased by those farmers.

pdf Results and Observations from the Vietnam Challenge Project's First Cropping Season Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 158 downloads

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AgResults LLBrief2_Vietnam Crop1_Jan2018.pdf

Results and Observations from the Vietnam Challenge Project's First Cropping Season

This Lessons Learned Brief provides an overview of the verification process followed to gauge rice crop growth and GHG emission data among farms participating in the Vietnam Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Challenge Project.

pdf The Pay-for-Results Challenge in Nigeria: Incentivizing New Technology Use for Sustainable Markets and Development Impact Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Nigeria Aflasafe 170 downloads

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AgResults LL3_Nigeria PfR Challenge_Jan2018.pdf

The Pay-for-Results Challenge in Nigeria: Incentivizing New Technology Use for Sustainable Markets and Development Impact

The Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project was the first AgResults Pay-for-Results prize contest. This Lessons Learned article outlines the project's development objectives and reflects on the role and value of the PfR structure.

pdf Evaluator Lessons Learned #2: Pull Mechanisms for Overcoming Market Failures in the Agriculture Sector Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Kenya Storage 254 downloads

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Evaluator Lessons Learned 2_Pull Mechanisms for Overcoming Market Failures in the Agriculture Sector.pdf

Evaluator Lessons Learned #2: Pull Mechanisms for Overcoming Market Failures in the Agriculture Sector

Pull mechanisms require a solid understanding of the market and the motivations of the private sector. This November 2017 brief, with examples from AgResults’ work in Kenya, provides guidance for development practitioners interested in incorporating pull mechanisms in their own work.