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.

AgResults has generated a wealth of learning, results of 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 USAID BFS Evaluating Pull Mechanisms, Initial Lessons

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator 70 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 Adaptive Design in Zambia: Lessons from the Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project

In Learning Library Tagged in Zambia PVA Maize 66 downloads

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AgResults LL1_Zambia Redesign_Sept2017.pdf

Adaptive Design in Zambia: Lessons from the Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project

This Lessons Learned article analyzes initial project design decisions and the adaptation that followed as part of the AgResults Zambia Biofortified Maize Challenge Project. As challenges emerged - including a disconnect between supply and demand, variations in government policy, and an unrealistic incentive structure - the project had to adjust to get into a better position to achieve its objectives and sales goals.

pdf Learning Brief #1: The GHG Emissions Reduction Project in Vietnam: Challenges in Defining a Verification Baseline

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 42 downloads

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AgResults LLBrief1_Vietnam Baseline_Sept2017.pdf

Learning Brief #1: The GHG Emissions Reduction Project in Vietnam: Challenges in Defining a Verification Baseline

This Learning Brief discusses the challenges in creating a verification baseline for the Vietnam Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Challenge Project, which aims to develop, test, and scale up innovations to reduce GHG emissions while increase rice yields in the Red River Delta. The brief reviews the approach to set this baseline, involving household surveys, analysis, and stakeholder buy-in.

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

In Learning Library Tagged in Brucellosis (Global) 38 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 The Case for Iterative Design: Lessons from the Uganda Improved Legume Seed Challenge Project

In Learning Library Tagged in Uganda Legumes 40 downloads

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AgResults LL2_Uganda Redesign_Sept2017.pdf

The Case for Iterative Design: Lessons from the Uganda Improved Legume Seed Challenge Project

Shifting policies and political objectives prompted AgResults to adjust the original design of the Uganda Improved Legume Seed Challenge Project. This Lessons Learned article explores the reasoning behind these design changes and the insights that emerged.

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

In Learning Library Tagged in Nigeria Aflasafe 65 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 Results and Observations from the Vietnam Challenge Project's First Cropping Season

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 48 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 Cost versus Complexity in Pay-for-Results Prize Verification: Lessons from the Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

In Learning Library Tagged in Kenya Storage 53 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 Incentivizing Affordable On Farm Storage for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya

In Learning Library Tagged in Kenya Storage 57 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 Remote Sensing and Modeling to Verify Improved Rice Farming to Scale in Vietnam

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 51 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

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 39 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 The Nigeria Aflasafe Maize Challenge: Competitor Perspectives Popular

In Learning Library Tagged in Nigeria Aflasafe 268 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

In Learning Library Tagged in Vietnam Emissions 41 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 A Framework for Evaluating Innovation Challenges

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A Framework for Evaluating Innovation Challenges.pdf

A Framework for Evaluating Innovation Challenges

Governments and philanthropists are increasingly considering prize contests to spark creative solutions to thorny social problems. But only a few contests have been systematically evaluated. This March 2017 evaluation framework — based on AgResults’ work to evaluate Brucellosis vaccine development — can be applied to any innovation challenge.

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

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Kenya Storage 53 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.

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

In Learning Library Tagged in Evaluator, Nigeria Aflasafe 84 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 Kenya Randomized Rural Household Survey Final Report

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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 AgResults Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project: Summary Report

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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 Evaluation Design: Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project

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Evaluation Design Nigeria Aflasafe 2014 12 30.pdf

The evaluation design for the Nigeria Aflasafe Challenge Project lays out the approach to assess the project’s influence in stimulating a smallholder-inclusive market for Aflasafe-treated maize. Evaluators assess market impact using a structure-conduct-performance framework. To evaluate smallholder benefits, the design proposes a randomized control trial (later adapted to a quasi-experimental design).

pdf Evaluation Design: Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project

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Evaluation Design AgResults Kenya 2014 06 27.pdf

The Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project’s evaluation design report lays out the approach to assess whether the project stimulates a smallholder-inclusive market for improved on-farm storage devices. Evaluators assess impact on the market using a structure-conduct-performance framework. To evaluate resulting smallholder benefits, the report describes a short interrupted time series design.