Lessons from three case studies on scaling sustainable agricultural intensification technologies in Malawi and Zambia
Sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) technologies are perceived to have the potential to drive economic development and improve food and nutrition security in Southern Africa. Several studies have indicated that SAI technologies can enhance the productivity and resilience of smallholder farming systems while conserving the natural resource base. Though many SAI practices have been developed and adapted to smallholder contexts in Southern Africa, adoption levels have remained very low to achieve meaningful impact and rural transformation. The purpose of this project is to draw lessons from each of the scaling approaches implemented based on farmers’ perceptions about the approach, the extension agent, community cohesion and attitude towards development. The project will assess the impacts of scaling based on (i) the number of farmers who were aware of – and those who adopted and did not adopt – SAI technologies; and (ii) the cultivated area estimated using panel data. The impact of using SAI technologies will be estimated according to the return on investment (ROI) in Malawi and Zambia.