Developing Scaling-up Contract Farming Concepts
To achieve a broad impact — i.e. being relevant, achieving quality, quantity and sustainability — a number of factors have to be considered:
Processes for scaling-up
Relevance: Reaching the full the potential of inclusive Contract Farming to contribute to rural economic transformation.
Quality: Setting up viable inclusive Contract Farming schemes and using qualified trainers, consultants, coaches.
Quantity: Cascading of capacity development measures to reach large numbers of beneficiaries.
Sustainability: Institutional embedding, efficient networking, broad change management.
Scaling-up is highly complex
Success factors for scaling-up
- Scaling-up as an integral part of programme planning: A realistic concept for scaling-up and an exit strategy has to be in place
- Ownership by key stakeholders: Contract Farming business partners need to commit to institutionalise existing structures
- Multilevel approach: At micro, meso, macro and meta levels
- Proof of impacts: Inclusive Contract Farming actors need to provide and evidence of the impacts achieved
- Horizontal and functional scaling-up, standards and manuals: Quality has to be assured at field level and throughout the scaling process
- Vertical scaling-up and institutionalisation (structures and incentive mechanisms): Partners need to be motivated and enabled to drive and carry on scaling processes
- Communication and networking: Pertinent stakeholders need to be informed, convinced and involved, networking and backstopping is necessary
- Time horizon and financing: Broad impact requires sufficient time and resources as well as a clear exit strategy
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