Strategies for scaling out impacts from agricultural systems change: the case of forages and livestock production in Laos

Joanne Millar, John Connell

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Abstract

Scaling out and up are terms increasingly being used to describe a desired expansion of beneficial impacts from agricultural research and rural development. This paper explores strategies for scaling out production and livelihood impacts from proven technologies. We draw on a case study of forages and livestock production in Laos, a Southeast Asian country undergoing rapid economic and agricultural change. A facilitated learning environment stimulated farmers to adapt forages, livestock housing, and animal health practices to their own situations (scaling out).Regular follow-up visits and on-the-job mentoring for extension staff provided institutional support (scaling up).Within 5 years, the number of villages and households using forages and fattening livestock had increased six fold, with a 50% reduction in the time required for farmers to get significant benefits. The paper concludes that scaling out positive impacts from systems change requires field tested and proven technologies, evidence of significant livelihood impacts, fostering of local innovation, competent field staff,effective peer learning, and ongoing institutional support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-225
Number of pages13
JournalAgriculture and Human Values
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

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