Final Evaluation of the Agricultural Innovation Partnership Project
This report is the final evaluation of the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP), a project initiated in India in 2011 that aimed to improve rural livelihoods through education-related activities. These were focused on spurring innovation, boosting teaching capacity, and developing extension links within Indian higher educational institutions.
AIP’s ultimate aim was to diversify agricultural productivity and strengthen rural development to be more responsive to local market demands. This Feed the Future project was implemented through partnerships between U.S. land grant and Indian universities.
Evaluators found that AIP’s technology and income improvement trainings were valuable and that its partnerships with universities have improved faculty teaching. An e-learning program has a high fixed cost, but appears sustainable once equipment is in place. The report noted that ten food products are in the research and development stage among the three universities within the AIP partnership.
Among other recommendations, it urged AIP to package its activities so that they could be considered for inclusion in future education and extension work and propose that its certificate courses be included in regular university programming.
Food product development, it said, should be linked to private-sector programs that can overcome some of the long-term issues facing the commercialization of these products.