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ICT4Scale: A Roadmap for Scaling-Up (webinar)

October 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

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How can we scale-up agricultural solutions that are promising? We worked for 30 months on research to find out!


Farm Radio International, Farm Radio Trust (Malawi) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are pleased to invite you to an event on scaling-up agricultural solutions with ICTs.

Webinar Link: https://farmradio.org/scaleup

#ICT4Scale: A Roadmap for Scaling-Up

How can we scale-up agricultural solutions that are promising? What role do Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play in this process? Through a 30-month research initiative, Farm Radio International and Farm Radio Trust (Malawi) aimed to come up with some answers. Join us on October 24, 2019 for a dive into the latest thinking about what we are calling ICT4Scale. We will share:

  1. Our main findings, informed by the experience of a multitude of development projects around the world
  2. Real-world experience from our research team in Malawi
  3. Some practical advice on how to think about scaling-up your projects and initiatives for superior results

We’d love to have you join us for the livestreamed webinar. If you are unable to make it, we will be happy to share a recording of the webinar with our registered attendees after the event so please be sure to register today.

Stay tuned for future webinars that will dig deeper into specific issues in the field of scale-up in agriculture. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information visit: http://farmradio.org/ict4scale


  • Dr. Bernard Pelletier, Lead Researcher, Farm Radio International
  • Berhane Gebru, MSc, Director of Programs, TechLab, FHI360
  • Eluby Kanyenda, MSc, Agricultural Innovation Systems Specialist, Farm Radio Trust (Malawi)
  • George Vilili, CEO, Farm Radio Trust (Malawi)

Who is this event for?

  • International development practitioners
  • Grant-making agencies
  • Government representatives
  • Students
  • Academics
  • and anyone else that wants to know how ICTs can help scale-up agricultural solutions…

More about our research

As emphasized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, achieving sustainable impact at scale remains one of the key challenges facing the international development community. Recent years have thus seen considerable efforts put towards the development of conceptual frameworks to inform the scaling of agricultural solutions to address food and nutrition insecurity.

Within that context, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are viewed as having the potential to enhance the uptake and impact at scale of agricultural solutions. The speed of diffusion of mobile phones, their declining costs, the increased reach of wireless broadband, and the broader access to technologies by smallholder farmers, can increase access to timely and relevant agricultural information, financial services, and/or input and output markets. ICTs can also potentially strengthen social networks and give farmers a voice in policy dialogues and innovation platforms.

The ICT4Scale project is a 30-month research initiative funded by the International Development Research Centre in Canada and implemented by Farm Radio Trust, Malawi and Farm Radio International, Canada. The project aimed at developing, testing and sharing a conceptual framework for the implementation of gender-responsive ICT-for-scale initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa and included a meta-review and case studies of other scaling initiatives, and a field intervention in Malawi.

In this presentation, we will share our findings about (i) combinations of ICTs, actors and institutional arrangements that may be most effective in scaling agricultural solutions; (ii) issues related to gender equality; and (iii) barriers that may limit the effectiveness of ICTs in scaling initiatives. We will also discuss the ICT4Scale framework within a broader theory of scaling that will bring forward concepts such as responsible scaling, systems thinking approach and the crucial role of communication in scaling initiatives.

Learn more at: http://farmradio.org/ict4scale


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Send us an email at: info@farmradio.org

Will I be able to speak during the webinar?

We are anticipating a fairly large group, so the webinar will only support text chat. But feel free to ask questions and send feedback during the event!

Will the webinar be recorded?

Yes! But please sign up anyway so we can send you the link later.

Help! How do I join the webinar?

Easy. Simply click the following link at 9AM (EST) on October 24, 2019 to join us! https://farmradio.org/scaleup