Harnessing scaling partnerships in the Great Lakes region for large-scale impact
The USAID-funded “Great Lakes Accelerated Innovation Delivery Initiative Rapid Delivery Hub” (AID-I GLR) harnesses the partnership with innovations development actors, the private sector, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to deliver agricultural and nutritional practices and technologies to hundred thousand of farming households in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Despite the abundance of agricultural and nutritional practices and technologies developed over the last 15 years by CGIAR centers and national partners, the Great Lakes Region is still battling high poverty and malnutrition. One of the reasons is that agricultural development initiatives have not systematically integrated these technologies and innovations in their respective scaling activities, thus reducing the potential for creating meaningful impact for women, men, and youth at the smallholder farmer level. AID-I GLR, a multiple-stakeholder project led by IITA–CGIAR and funded by USAID, is contributing to filling the gap.