We sought comments on the question: Is it reasonable to expect that the focus on working to transform specific value chains in specific places will generate measurable local impact AND facilitate subsequent scaling out regionally AND generate technologies and research findings that will benefit international development efforts more widely? Please comment: What strategies could we use to ensure the lessons from the selected value chains in the selected countries benefit more producers and consumers more widely?
3 of 15 commentators confirmed that working on specific value chains can lead to wider impacts.
In the survey, a couple of comments cautioned about limited ability to extrapolate, and one recommended strong M&E to identify generic lessons.
Results from the survey:
Strongly agree: 30.4% Agree: 55.4% Disagree: 14.3% Strongly disagree: 0%
Suggestions for strengthening the wider impact:
- Use demonstration projects to transfer lessons
- Identify and involve suitable partners for dissemination, including extension linkages
- Use techniques such as farmer field schools, agricultural shows, integrating local opinion leaders, gendering technology dissemination, people to people interactions, empowering champions
- Choice of initial value chains and subsequent targeting must be smart, and needs to understand market agenda
- Working in diverse contests will broaden application of results
- Share common experiences between producers and consumers
- Strong component needed for international exchange of expertise and lessons and free access to results
- Strong consolidated communication strategy to showcase evidence, successes
- Tackle generic bottlenecks with wide applicability and less site-specific problems
- Careful initial characterization of value chain, including the socio-cultural context (including supporting the men!) , will lead to local impact
- Focus on distilling the principles behind the lessons, synthesizing experiences
- Participatory approach crucial to understand user needs, and will continue to be needed for scaling out
- Scaling out will not be automatic – will require efforts to adjust and cannot depend on market forces alone
- Influence broader policy environment using evidence from intervention to facilitate scaling out, including quality and international standards
- Technology generation will need to be broader than 3 subcomponents, e.g. add ‘Water Quality and Oxygenation’ and ‘Stress and Animal Well-being’ as topics
One comment noted that it may take 20-30 years.