The Science of Scaling

Scaling – the uptake, use and impact of agricultural research innovations in developing countries – is a priority for the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB).  RTB has teamed up with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) to develop, test, and apply the ‘science of scaling,’ in order to help research centers to make better decisions about the kinds of research and partnership investments they should make to ensure development impacts. The program also created a flagship project, Improved Livelihoods at Scale, that puts scaling at the heart of its work. In partnership with WUR, the flagship project team is providing guidance and backstopping to help groups of researchers working within RTB to scale their innovations for the greatest possible impact.

RTB scientists will share their insights and research on scaling during a symposium as part of the Third International Conference on Global Food Security, in Cape Town, South Africa. Entitled “Science of scaling: connecting the pathways of agricultural research and development to improve rural livelihoods,” the symposium brings together scientists and development professionals from several international research centers and companies.


Science of scaling: connecting the pathways of agricultural research and development to improve rural livelihoods.
December 03, 12:30 – 2:30pm
Third International Conference on Global Food Security
Cape Town, South Africa

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