The potential for up-scaling / replication

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Lesson 9 The potential for up-scaling / replication

Lesson Objectives The objectives of this lesson is to enable the student to: 1. draw lessons from case studies on innovation upscaling policies 2. recommendations on techniques and methodologieas

Definitions Innovations – in this lesson’s context are specific collective action strategies by small-scale farmers, or strategies and methods of development agencies that appear to have played a positive role in supporting greater inclusion. Lesson Content

Reading materials In order to draw lessons and recommendations, it will then be necessary to ask the following questions: 1. What potential is there for up-scaling the innovation within the same context and/or for replication elsewhere? What are the preconditions that made it a success? 2. How sustainable is the innovation? How specific is the innovation? 3. What elements can be pulled out of the experience and be replicated elsewhere? What are the contextual preconditions for this? 4. What lessons can be generalized from the case study in terms of policy principles, business models, collective action by smallholders and intervention strategies by NGOs? 5. What working techniques and methodologies have proven successful in the case study? These questions are central to Component 2. Discussion should point out how the identified drivers for inclusion and specific arrangements that characterise the innovation could be used in other situations. Rather than collecting nice stories about innovative experiences, we want to draw robust policy lessons and validated techniques and methodologies that can be applied in other contexts. Hence throughout the case study the researchers should maintain this focus. Self-assesment 1. What are the key questions in a succesful innovation. 2. Why are policy issues important in the implementaion of succesful innovation Case Study

Case studies on innovations

Summary This lesson looked at the main issues that need to be considered in order to implement succesful up-scaling of innovations. It emphasises on the need for sustainablity of innovations. Lastly it looks at policy issues and vindicated techniques and methodologies that are essential for succesful implemntation.

Assignments Compare the effectivesness of the techniques and methods used in up-scaling innovations.

References Douthwaite Bory, and Jacqueline Ashby. 2005. Innovation histories: A method for learning from experience. ILAC Brief 5. Kaplinsky , R. and M. Morris. 2001. A handbook for value market chain research. Available at: Peppelenbos, Lucian. 2005. The Chilean miracle: patrimonialism in a modern free-market democracy. Ph.D. thesis, Wageningen University. Reardon, Thomas A., Julio A. Berdegué, Mark Lundy, Paul Schütz, Fernando Balsevich, Ricardo Hernández, Edwin Pérez, Pilar Jano, Germán Escobar and Honglin Wang. 2004. Supermarkets and Rural Livelihoods: A Research Method. Regoverning Markets Programme (Phase 1). Available at