The scaling up of the innovations concept has gained importance in recent years, underlining the importance of disseminating successful innovations on a large scale to increase their socio-economic impact, seeking to sustain broad rural development and promoting public policies that generate equal and sustainable results. However, few projects take advantage of the adoption of innovative technologies to promote social change. This paper reports on an intervention model that incorporates common elements, from the literature, of scaling up, and includes novel such as linking technological and social innovations, with an exit strategy to build sustainable processes and results. The model is based on a trans-disciplinary approach, and leadership, that involves local communities and stakeholders to establish synergies, to give coherence to the whole process, and to build an exit strategy involving territorial dynamics related to the innovation. The model includes a clear definition of the objects, and the process, that should be transformed, and the specific methodologies to involve local communities and stakeholders, to reach the final target user. The model was applied to develop the project, More Nutritious Potatoes, for scaling up new yellow potatoes varieties with improved agronomic and nutritional attributes. To implement the project, the research team, local communities, and stakeholders agreed on specific actions to improve food security and nutrition in a sustainable manner. The operational objectives were, the strengthening of capabilities for autonomy and governance in public policies, the entrepreneurship to build inclusive businesses, the valorization of agro-biodiversity, the acquisition of good food habits, and the promotion of social equity. The methodologies employed allowed building of social and scientific capabilities for Colombia.


  • Innovations are change factors in all sectors of the economy and the society to overcome everyday challenges

  • The concept of scaling up innovations has pointed to the importance of spreading successful innovations from a small to a large scale of coverage to efficiently increase the socio-economic impact to support broad-based rural development [4]

  • In the model they are referred to specialties, disciplines or groups of study that develop the guidelines to solve a meaningful part of the scaling up problem, with attitude and capability to create synergies with other components to achieve the scaling up objectives

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Innovations are change factors in all sectors of the economy and the society to overcome everyday challenges. Many of the innovations do not have the expected impact due to their low acceptance by producers, difficulties in marketing [2], or because interventions do not consider criteria of equality and sustainability [3]. The successful scaling up of innovations has been a priority for agriculture policies, rural development, and nutrition [5,6]. Discussions around the theme conclude that in order to generate scaling up impact, it is crucial to consider the sustainability and adaptability of innovation and a broad conception of the concept beyond the simple increase in coverage [7]. The approaches to scaling up innovations have as goals growth, expansion, and maximizing profit, so new approaches are needed for social impact. Scaling is more than resource allocation [9]


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