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Margaret A. Gilliam Lecture Series in Food Security

Both product developers and policy wonks seek impact at scale. But the uptake of agricultural innovations among small-scale farmers is often limited in both low- and middle-income countries, despite claims to the contrary in the literature on the rates of return to agricultural research.  This talk will develop a conceptual and practical framework on ‘scaling up’ with reference to key innovation domains in agriculture and food security. Episodes of adoption of innovations will be assessed along with the reasons behind ‘dis-adoption’ and the complete failure of some innovations to spread. 


Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Basel, Switzerland

MARCO FERRONI is Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. The Foundation’s mission is to modernize agriculture and small-scale farming by the route of sustainable intensification, diversification and links to markets. Scalable solutions for farmers is the motto in six work thrusts: R&D, market-led extension, seed systems incubation, risk management, policy development and outreach.

Before joining the Foundation in 2008, Dr. Ferroni held executive and advisory positions at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank in Washington DC. Earlier in his career he worked as a finance and trade diplomat in his native Switzerland. Mr. Ferroni holds a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University.