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To promote appropriate-scale agricultural mechanization for sustainable intensification focusing on smallholder farming systems in Feed the Future countries associated with targeted geographical regions, and enhance the participation and experience of women in the adaptation and adoption of technologies for agricultural development.

The overall objective is to intensify smallholder farmers’ on-farm operations through appropriate-scale mechanization to improve land and labor productivity in a sustainable manner, considering the social, economic and environmental impacts with special focus on the role of women, by conducting the following programmatic activities via Innovation Hubs and Field Hubs: 

  1. Assess challenges and opportunities, and recommend appropriate forms for agricultural mechanization

  2. Identify entities and projects engaged in mechanization research in the target countries to establish collaboration

  3. Implement gender-sensitive, scale-appropriate mechanization strategies in coordination with USAID mission goals and objectives of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab

  4. Enhance women’s skills and education in using machinery, equipment, and tools, and empower women to address agricultural issues in the future

  5. Measure and evaluate impact of appropriate-scale mechanization strategies on sustainable intensification.

The Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC) operates under the leadership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and aims to intensify smallholder farmers' cropping systems and on-farm operations through mechanization in a sustainable manner. The ASMC is a sub-award under the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL), which is headquartered at Kansas State University. The SIIL supports the Feed the Future goals and is funded directly by USAID. The ASMC focuses its research and development efforts in four primary countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, and Senegal.
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