Making science work for development

Assessing the Impact of Agricultural Innovations: Lessons and Challenges from the CGIAR

10 February 2016, 1-2 pm
IDS Convening Space, Brighton

Technological innovation in agriculture can be an important source of productivity gains, and agricultural research has correspondingly been the focus of many development efforts. Theory shows that in some contexts, innovation has the potential to generate improvements in income and well-being for rural households and the poor. But many innovations are not readily adopted by farmers, and in some cases, agricultural innovation can lead to negative outcomes or at least uneven impacts.

The presentation will briefly touch on some recent research results, but it will focus primarily on challenges in measuring the adoption and impact of agricultural innovation in the developing world.