Week 2-Question 3: Scaling out impact?
Do you think that successful impact from focussing in a selected value chain in one country can be scaled out to spill the impact over into other countries of the region?
Please comment on what would need to be done to enhance spillover impacts.
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Yes, a successful impact can be scaled out and it spills over to other countries especially the immediate neighbouring countriesin the region. To enhance the spillover impacts the successes in the selected country should be disseminated both within that country and the neighbouring countries farmer groups from the neighbouring countries should be encouraged to visit the successful impact sites and learn the developed technology.
Focussing in a selected value chain in one country will have limited impact in other countries of the region because there is no coordination and coperation between countries in the region on livestock production technologies and policies.
Yes.Networking is the answer to spillover impacts
Yes, this idea certainly get better results
Spill over impacts are a possibilty provided the target areas/participants have key common supply and demand trends, to include challenges such as availability and access to essential inputs. Implementation and monitoring tools would be vital on selection of where spill overs could be feasible.
I fully agree to the above comments that creating a network and dissemination channels, maybe even through “sister projects” in neighbouring countries is most important to scaling out.
Another important condition is that constraints/needs are similar and significant for other cases (regional and beyond). The representativity of the constraints should be assessed ex ante through econometric cross-cutting analyses.
And I forgot to add, that there might be direct economic spillovers from one country in another, e.g. through increased fish production in Uganda and subsequent pressure on the Kenyan markets – but this actually depends on the impact and the tradability of the products.
I do not think that successful impact in the value chain of a country could automatically spill over the next. This is because, the technical possibilities may be hindered by other kinds of constraints in the next country. Let me give the example from our Lake Kivu work in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC. Here we are talking of countries that are different not only in terms of how settled they are after major conflicts but also on the availability of policies and how the developed policies are implemented. These and many other situations may hinder derivation of advantages from technical possibilities. What can easily nmake this happen is to commence and implement an all inclusive multistakeholder partnership approach which takes the whole domain into consideration. This automatically gets us ready for all kinds of constraints. We can borrow a leaf from the SSA CP work. Waiting in hope that there will be a spillover effect is not different from what we have done for years without much success. Things have to be differently done in order to make a dent on poverty.
Yes, I think that it will be possible to spill over the succeful impacts inside the country. However the transfer to other coutries should be done carefully and with the respect of the whole conditions. I am sure that it will very hard to get all coditions because of the hug divergence between countries enven when they are neighbors
Demonstrated impact has a way of self propagating around the focus where it is demonstrated, especially if proper capacity building has taken place within the recipients and support systems (ag extension service providers)so that cross learning between and across the groups becomes sustainable. There is no reason why this should not happen across countries.
1. Explore all possible ways to augment entrepreneurship / private sector involvement in transfer of technology.
2. Invest in communication and exchange programs.
Getting people (stakeholders/users and researchers)from the other countries involved in the research from the start.
As there are transboundary movents I think it is possible the impacts can be scaled out in the neighbourd country.
It may be difficult to assess now, as existing govt policies, production system and input support systems may play role.
Obviously research and TOT trials based on wider consultation should lead to wider upscaling options and possibilities. However, any relevant value chain analysis, whether in one country of more, must be flexible , informative and should be based on benchmarking at the regional (neighbouring countries) levels, and on the assessments of competitiveness of the commodity under investigation. Therefore, VC developed in a single country should feature opportunities to generate research results and technologies applicable in other countries.
Yes, scales of benefits from the project in one countries can be replicated in another country. Experiences and ideas sharing among project communities as the way forward must be encouraged.
Proper selection of the value chain will be a pre-requisite for scaling out to another area or country. I do not expect successful smallholder livestock development projects in countries where the Green Revolution has not been successful.
Yes assuming that the selected industry (for VC analysis and subsequent improvement)in one country has similar or close potential of being competitive once the obstacles at certain selected steps along the chain have been addressed and removed.