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 Evaluator Lessons Learned #4: Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project Evaluation Findings New

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Evaluator Lessons Learned 4_Kenya On-Farm Storage Project Evaluation Findings.pdf

This brief by External Evaluator Abt Associates summarizes the evaluation of the AgResults Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project. Abt Associates found that the competition created an emerging market for improved on-farm storage devices and increased adoption of on-farm storage technologies. However, impacts on farmer income were small. The brief underscores the challenge of constructing an accurate theory of change.

pdf Evaluation Close-Out Assessment: Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project

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Evaluation CloseOut Assessment Zambia.pdf

This assessment by External Evaluator Abt Associates found that the AgResults project played a role in creating a niche market for PVA maize, although with limited development impact because the market involved mostly better-off smallholder farmers and urban consumers. Findings suggested that the market would likely be sustained in the short to medium term.

pdf Brucellosis Vaccine Challenge Project: 2019 Interim Assessment Popular

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Brucellosis Vaccine C hallenge Project 2019 Interim Evaluation Assessment.pdf

This assessment by External Evaluator Abt Associates reflects the experience of competitors in the Brucellosis Vaccine Challenge Project from mid-2018 to mid-2019. Most competitors reported that the competition had helped advance their B. melitensis vaccine R&D. However, many of them anticipated challenges completing the safety and efficacy trials due to resource constraints.

pdf Can Pull Mechanisms Achieve Agriculture Development Objectives? Evidence from AgResults External Evaluation

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AgResults External Evaluation Presentation_February 2020.pdf

This DFID Chief Economist Seminar Series presentation from February 2020 summarizes External Evaluator Abt Associates' findings about the use of “pull mechanisms” or “prize competitions” to develop markets that provide innovative agricultural technologies to smallholder farmers. Findings suggest that pull mechanisms can create markets as long as the binding constraints inhibiting market development are within the manageable interest of the companies competing for the prize.

pdf Final Report: Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project Popular

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AgResults_Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project_final report.pdf

Despite the nutritional and environmental benefits of legumes, Ugandan seed companies have not prioritized legume seed production due to fluctuations in demand, low profitability, and limited access to working capital. The AgResults Uganda Legume Seed Challenge Project, which ran from 2017-2018, used a Pay-for-Results prize competition to encourage Ugandan seed companies to increase the production and adoption of improved higher-quality legume varieties. Despite the project’s early closure due to ongoing seed counterfeiting, low participation in the competition, and challenges of seed quality verification, it still revealed valuable learning around what works and what does not work when designing and implementing a prize competition focused on increasing sales of quality seed.

pdf Final Report: Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project Popular

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AgResults Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project_final report.pdf

Final Report: Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

Eastern Africa grows nearly 20% of the grain produced in sub-Saharan Africa, yet the region suffers from post-harvest grain losses that cost about US$1.6 billion per year. The AgResults Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project (2014-2018) used a Pay-for-Results prize competition to motivate private competitors to develop, market, and sell on-farm storage devices to smallholder farmers in the country's Rift Valley and Eastern Regions. Overall, participating competitors sold a total of 1,390,777 improved storage devices, creating 413,265 MT of improved storage capacity.

pdf Evaluation Final Report: Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project Popular

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Final Evaluation Report_Kenya_2020.pdf

The external evaluation of the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project found that the project created an emerging market for improved on-farm storage products in Kenya. Impacts on farmer income and food security were small, and the main reported benefit of adoption was reduced use of pesticide dust in maize stored for home consumption.

pdf Presentation: Prize Competitions to Drive Livestock Productivity Popular

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GASL 2019 Parallel Session_final.pdf

Presentation: Prize Competitions to Drive Livestock Productivity

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

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AgResults Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project_Final Report.pdf

Final Report: Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project

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 Popular

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AgResults Toolkit_PrizeConceptReviewFramework.pptx

AgResults Toolkit Prize Concept Review Framework

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

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AgResults LL7_Kenya Competitors_Mar2019.pdf

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

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

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Final Evaluation Report_Nigeria_2019_updated.pdf

Evaluation Final Report: Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.