How agricultural innovations can transform lives

Innovations can transform the lives of those farming and living on less than $4 a day, but what will it take to get these products into the hands of smallholder farmers?  A new report released today by Bain and Acumen, with support from the Gates Foundation, explores just that.

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Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption of Agricultural Innovations focuses on pioneer firms – entrepreneurial companies that develop and offer market-based innovations to serve the poor in places where governments and traditional aid have fallen short. 

The report provides a roadmap to help these pioneer firms drive sustained adoption of productivity-enhancing innovations and achieve scale while operating in some of the world’s most challenging markets.  It also outline specific actions that other actors in the agricultural system – corporations, foundations and development agencies, governments, impact investors and NGOs – can take to help these firms bring their products and services to more farmers.


The report’s findings are the result of extensive research conducted in 5 countries across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, including over 300 smallholder farmer interviews.


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