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), led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a sub-award under the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification at Kansas State University, funded by the USAID. The Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL) supports collaborative research and development efforts to produce measurable impacts on reducing global hunger and poverty, and improving the nutrition of smallholder farmers. The SIIL currently supports research and development in four focus countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, and Senegal.