From the Lab to the Field: The Challenges of Commercializing Research

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July 17, 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT

Researchers, businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and farmers all want the best inventions or improvements in existing agriculture technology to be easily available to and used by smallholder farmers throughout the world. Universities, domestic and international research centers (e.g. CRSPS/Innovation Centers and CG Centers) are generating new technologies that have the potential to be game changing-if they are commercialized.

How does technology get from the lab to the field? How can researchers successfully link to commercial partners? What are the common barriers and what are the successful strategies?

Check out the resources below from Wednesday, July 17, to learn about ways research organizations and businesses can join forces to improve outcomes for smallholder farmers. We've highlighted challenges, successful models, and lessons learned in bringing technologies to market.

Get more information about our presenters:


Bob Rabatsky Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation

Cecilia Chi-Ham, Public
Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture
(PIPRA)

Gospel Omanya, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)

Nate Kline, Enabling Agricultural Trade (USAID-EAT)

Robbie Melton, Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)

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Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is a USAID and Fintrac program focused on finding and commercializing agricultural technology that can help smallholder farmers. We're working to build public-private partnerships that move agricultural technologies from labs to markets to farms.

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