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

  1. Scaling-up as an integral part of programme planning: A realistic concept for scaling-up and an exit strategy has to be in place
  2. Ownership by key stakeholders: Contract Farming business partners need to commit to institutionalise existing structures
  3. Multilevel approach: At micro, meso, macro and meta levels
  4. Proof of impacts: Inclusive Contract Farming actors need to provide and evidence of the impacts achieved
  5. Horizontal and functional scaling-up, standards and manuals: Quality has to be assured at field level and throughout the scaling process
  6. Vertical scaling-up and institutionalisation (structures and incentive mechanisms): Partners need to be motivated and enabled to drive and carry on scaling processes
  7. Communication and networking: Pertinent stakeholders need to be informed, convinced and involved, networking and backstopping is necessary
  8. Time horizon and financing: Broad impact requires sufficient time and resources as well as a clear exit strategy


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About GIZ Contract Farming

How does contract farming work?
How GIZ promotes contract farming
Developing scaling up contract farming concepts
Joint action is based on the commitment of programmes and sector projects
Diverse contract farming approaches used in programmes

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