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Scale Up Conference
Scale Up Conference
Tuesday September 25, 2018 Image: Purdue
All day event


September 25, 2018
September 27, 2018


Purdue University
610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907 United States
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Purdue Agriculture

The Scale Up Conference organzied by Purdue Agriculture is focusing on effective approaches to scaling up agricultural technologies and innovations in the developing world. It is held at Purdue University in the USA on September 25 – 27, 2018. 

Many technologies and innovations to improve agriculture in the developing world have been developed or identified. That’s good news. By 2050 we ​need to feed 35% more people, globally, and growing numbers of large populations already yearn for food security, better nutrition, and improved livelihoods. However, successfully scaling up innovations to make them truly impactful and sustainable has proven to be difficult.

Innovations in Agriculture: Scaling Up to Reach Millions

The Scale Up Conference is a high-level event that will bring together 200-300 individuals and organizations engaged in the introduction, diffusion, and adoption of agricultural innovations that have the potential to reach millions. Those attending will 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.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, and an alumnus of Purdue University.  To organize this conference, Purdue University is partnering with the African Development Bank Group, an organization focused on spurring sustainable economic growth and social progress in its regional member countries.​

Conference goals

Scaled-up agricultural technologies and innovations can be a game-changer in food-insecure countries. This conference seeks to address the following questions about scale up:

  • What hinders large scale adoption?
  • What makes things scalable?
  • What driving factors are critical for successful scale up? (e.g., markets, capital, policy, behavioral changes)
  • How can multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives facilitate success?
  • What has worked, what hasn’t, and why?
  • Who can I connect with at the conference to enhance scale up efforts?
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