AgResults to Illustrate How Prize Competitions Can Drive Livestock Productivity at GASL 2019 Meeting

September 3, 2019

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Next week, representatives from AgResults will speak at the 9th annual Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) meeting, joining livestock experts to share innovative ways to drive productivity and sustainability. This year’s meeting, titled “Innovation for Sustainable Livestock Systems,” takes place in Manhattan, Kansas, from September 9 to 13. On Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m. (CT) on, Christopher Brett and John Cassidy will present AgResults’ Pay-for-Results (PfR) prize competition framework and highlight how prizes can engage private actors and stimulate growth in the livestock sector.

Titled “Prize Competitions to Drive Private-Sector Led Growth and Investment in Livestock Productivity,” AgResults’ Parallel Session features Christopher Brett, Lead Agribusiness Specialist in the Global Agricultural Practice of the World Bank and Steering Committee member, and John Cassidy, Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting. The Session will demonstrate AgResults’ experience designing and implementing prize competitions, including efforts to create an effective Brucellosis vaccine and to strengthen the dairy value chain in Tanzania.

Mr. Brett and Mr. Cassidy will discuss how PfR prize competitions, when strategically designed to address market constraints, can incentivize the private sector to invest resources in animal health and productivity and improve the well-being of smallholder farmers. By actively engaging with farmers, private companies can strengthen livelihoods and transform livestock systems in ways that are both lucrative and sustainable.

Identifying and agreeing upon concrete actions to enact long-term change in the livestock sector is a cornerstone of the GASL MSP meeting. As populations continue to grow, demand for live animals, products, and inputs increase, so private and public sector actors must collectively design solutions to leverage existing funding and maximize livestock sustainability.

Follow the action online and join the conversation using the #LivestockAgenda hashtag on Twitter.

Funded by USAID (US), DFID (UK), DFAT (Australia), Global Affairs 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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