Global Agricultural Technology Evaluator
Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa in Mali
The Global Agricultural Technology Evaluator (GATE) is a web-based platform that validates climate-smart agricultural innovations, aiming to develop new markets for innovators and deliver high value for smallholders and local businesses in developing regions. GATE adopts a stage-gate model in validating innovations and ensures transparent governance systems in project management. Its focus is on delivering resilience and adaptive innovations to smallholders to improve their livelihoods in the context of climate change. GATE collaborates with the Evergreen Impact Platform (EIP) in India, smallholder farmers, value-chain actors, and other partners globally to achieve this goal.
Recently, GATE has improved its applicability in data collection, transmission, and management efficiencies by over 70% by integrating the SFSA Field Trial App. This app is a robust web and Android mobile application designed for field trial design implementation, data collection, and management.
A large number of agricultural innovations in digital tools, mechanization, nursery practices, farming practices, irrigation, and postharvest have been validated and delivered to over 2 million smallholder farmers across Bangladesh, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal, thanks to the Farmers’ Hubs serving as the delivery channel for GATE-validated innovations.
The project aims to promote climate-smart agricultural technologies through the use of Agriservices Centres, including CEMAs and Farmers' Hubs, as business models. We seek to enhance farmers' understanding of available technologies, encourage their adoption, and reduce rural youth unemployment. Its primary objective is to Accelerate the impact of CGIAR Agricultural Research on Climate by boosting productivity, production, and income for smallholders, while also enhancing their resilience to the negative effects of climate change.