Video: Lessons Around Scaling — Inputs in Zambia

  • Date Posted: June 7, 2016
  • Authors: Microlinks Team
  • Document Types: Case Study or Vignette, Other
  • Donor Type: U.S. Agency for International Development

We sat down with Richard Kohl (Center for Large Scale Social Change LLC) and Dan White (ACDI/VOCA) to discuss lessons learned around scaling projects, specifically highlighting their work looking at different aspects of the agricultural input supply market evolution in Zambia.


"Scaling Up of Drought-Tolerant Maize in Zambia" was the first of a series of Feed the Future reviews of successful scaling of agricultural technologies. It analyzed multiple factors that spread hybrid maize seed adoption through commercial pathways from 2006-2015.

"Scaling Impact: Zambia PROFIT Case Study" was the first in a series of studies reviewing the ex-post status of business models initially supported by donors' market facilitation projects. This study examined the extent to which input suppliers continue to serve the smallholder farmer market segment. Aspects of the market system were also examined, including the USAID-funded Production, Finance, and Improved Technology project.

This video builds upon the discussion at the March 24, 2016 Microlinks seminar: Scaling Up Input Technology and Input Access: Clues from Zambia. The seminar was co-hosted by the USAID Bureau for Food Security and the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education & Environment.