Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC)

The ADM Institute is a partner in the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC) project, a subgrant of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss. The program is funded by USAID, and the grant is administered by Kansas State University.

The ASMC mission is 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:

  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 Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss (PHLIL) is a strategic, applied, research and education program aimed at improving global food security by reducing postharvest losses in long-term storage crops, such as grains, oilseeds, legumes, root crops and seeds.

The lab’s efforts are focused in four Feed the Future countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Guatemala. Through collaborations between U.S. universities and local universities, research institutions, and other partner organizations, PHLIL is conducting research, testing, and outreach related to drying, storage and mycotoxin detection for these key crops. Our work seeks to increase understanding of current post-harvest loss factors and task division in rural communities and households and works toward the development of technologies usable by all household members.