Wednesday, September 20, 2018 4.00PM /
African Development Bank and Purdue University are organizing the Scale
Up Conference on Agricultural Innovations from September 25-27, 2018, to
address how to shift agricultural innovations from research institutions into
the developing world, particularly Africa.
The Scale Up Conference will bring together hundreds of individuals and
organizations engaged in the introduction, diffusion, and adoption of
agricultural innovations that have the potential to reach millions.
Bank President Akinwumi Adesina will be the keynote speaker at the conference.
Together with Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development
Jennifer Blanke, Adesina will meet with university management and other
stakeholders on partnership opportunities, including the Technologies for
African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) initiative, being steered by the
Bank. TAAT is a knowledge- and innovation-based response to the recognized need
for scaling up proven technologies across Africa.
“This will be the first multi-day conference on this topic that includes
presentations, panel discussions, case studies, and breakout group discussions
to help conference participants develop a thorough understanding of how to
scale up agricultural innovations to reach millions,” said Indrajeet Chaubey,
Associate Dean and Director of International Programs for the College of
Agriculture at Purdue University.
Dozens of speakers who have implemented scale up processes in agricultural
landscapes will participate.
“In the College of Agriculture we work to develop solutions to real world
problems while also finding methods to realistically deliver and grow these
technologies,” said Karen Plaut, the Dean of the College of Agriculture.
“The Scale Up Conference is about taking those technologies and applying them in
the developing world.”
Participants are expected to gain an understanding of successful, sustainable
large-scale implementation. Researchers, implementing organizations, the
business community, governments, policymakers and the donor community will come
together to discuss best practices for scaling up agricultural technologies.
For more than 60 years, Purdue University’s College of Agriculture has led and
managed large agricultural research and development projects. In addition to a
long history of significant agricultural innovations, the university has
produced three World Food Prize laureates.
The African Development Bank Group is the premier development finance
institution in Africa with a mandate to spur sustainable economic development
and social progress in the continent, thereby contributing to poverty
The African Development Bank's authorized capital of around $US 100 billion, is
subscribed to by 80 member countries made up of 54 African countries and 26
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