Scaling-up proven technologies
Experience suggests that smallholder farmers are unlikely to adopt new innovations without improved models of technology transfer. However, the question of how to design innovative and cost-effective technology transfer strategies has not yet been sufficiently addressed.
There is a risk that if we do not critically analyze and carefully manage the implementation of current approaches we will simply repeat past mistakes and fail to strengthen the resilience of farmers, enhance climate change adaptation/mitigation, or raise yields.
ICARDA’s approach to scaling-up proven technologies involves strategic partnerships with a range of partners: advanced research institutions, private sector actors, NGOs, development agencies and financial institutions. Each has a critical role to play to ensure that new innovations get into the hands of farmers.
We also prioritize South-South cooperation among partners and regularly engage decision makers through dialogue, advocacy and regional fora so they are encouraged to create a conducive enabling environment.
Selected impacts and initiatives
‘Mind the Gap’: raising productivity in Tunisia
The 'Mind the Gap' initiative offers evidence-based advice to the Tunisian government and development partners on how they can improve agricultural extension and the promotion of new technologies. It compares different extension approaches to identify which approach has the most significant impact in the country’s dry rural areas.
Enhancing technology dissemination in Iraq
ICARDA worked with the Iraqi government and other partners to improve the delivering of new techniques and technologies in post-conflict Iraq. Through capacity development and the utilization of modern technologies such as remote sensing and crop suitability maps the Center was able to strategically modernize and improve extension services, helping to more effectively target vulnerable populations.
Promoting wheat technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa
ICARDA is working with regional partners in sub-Saharan Africa to promote proven technologies capable of transforming the continent’s wheat potential – including raised-bed farming, sustainable agronomic practices, and heat-tolerant wheat varieties. The ‘SARD-SC’ initiative is creating public-private partnerships to fund the scaling-up of new technologies and the distribution of improved seed.