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Breaking Inward: Digital Failures and Who Bears the Risk

Breaking Inward: Digital Failures and Who Bears the Risk

April 30, 2021

Zachary Vinyard from the One Acre Fund talks about how digital projects in Rwanda failed because of too many assumptions about what worked for farmers. His team has a new report on Digital Innovations, and how to get better. Key tips? Break inward. Design experiments so if they fail, the organization bears all of the extra risk and extra work, and the farmers you serve don't have to take it on. Also, don't assume just because the code works that it will work for people. The benefits we care about are to farmers, not to functional code.

Implementation is Not Enough: Applying Lessons from Agriculture Practices that Farmers Won’t Use

Implementation is Not Enough: Applying Lessons from Agriculture Practices that Farmers Won’t Use

February 19, 2019

Octavio de Sousa from CARE Mozambique talks about our recent post-project evaluation of agriculture adoption. Some practices the community never adopted—but didn’t tell us until 5 years later. Some they did adopt, but market forces made it impractical after the project ended. Octavio reflects on how power dynamics, safe spaces, and incentives can prevent us from making the best impact possible, and from applying our learning. Read the Learning Brief published with our partner FANRAPAN here.

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