Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Scaling Feed the Future Innovations Through Market Systems

Jun 10, 2014
institutional sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development


Richard Kohl is a scaling expert currently assisting USAID Bureaus and Missions in thinking about how to scale technologies and innovations within the context of Feed the Future. Dr. Kohl is roughly half-way through a dozen planned country visits to Missions with Feed the Future investments to provide recommendations on scaling innovations, be they technologies or business models. His approach views market systems as platforms for shifting from scaling, as defined by more time and resources, to a more sustainable, population-scale approach. Dr. Kohl explores the need to track concrete numbers of beneficiaries and facilitate scaling up through the market. He reviews lessons learned from his recent trips to Asia and Africa, including risks and the incentives created by the policy environment, weaknesses in upstream and downstream value chain actors, and catalyzing adoption and diffusion by both direct and indirect beneficiaries.


Richard Kohl
Richard Kohl
Center for Large Scale Social Change LLC

Richard Kohl

Richard Kohl

Richard Kohl is an international thought leader and practitioner in the scaling up of innovative social change programs. Kohl is the founder and principal of the Center for Large Scale Social Change LLC, which provides strategic thinking, process and system analysis, and thought partnership and training to support the scaling up of high-impact innovations. He has expertise and experience delivering these services in multiple sectors, including agriculture, health, education, early childhood development, rural poverty alleviation, women's empowerment, and livelihood training. Kohl has worked in over thirty countries, with particularly extensive experience in India, Nigeria, Brazil, China, South East Asia, and Central and East Africa. In addition to many social enterprises and NGOs, he has worked with, or for, a wide array of donors and foundations. Kohl holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkley and a BA with High Honors from Swarthmore College.