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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification

Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

The Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC), led by Dr. Alan Hansen at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will introduce multifunctional and modular mechanized technologies that are technically, environmentally, and economically appropriate for use by smallholder farmers with the flexibility to accommodate different power sources. These technologies will contribute to enhanced labor productivity and increased land productivity, thus sustainably reducing poverty among smallholders. The overall objective of this project is to intensify smallholder farmers’ cropping systems and on-farm operations through mechanization in a sustainable manner. Sustainable intensification will integrate social, economic and environmental impacts with a specific focus on easing the burden on women.

The ASMC includes members with substantial institutional capacity and expertise, and active collaborations with institutions and entry point organizations in four designated countries in South Asia, East Africa and West Africa: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

The operational strategy includes the following six key functions:

  • Engage entry point organizations to establish Innovation Hubs
  • Assess country specific mechanization challenges, opportunities, and priorities
  • Implement country specific activities utilizing participatory research methods
  • Build human capacity with gender emphasis
  • Monitor and evaluate impact of activities
  • Share knowledge with in-country stakeholders

Consortium Leadership

Dr. Alan Hansenalanhansen

Leader of Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

Dr. Alan Hansen serves as the Director of the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab. He has a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and is currently a professor and division leader of Off-Road Equipment Engineering in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has expertise in research and outreach related to biofuels, land preparation, crop production, resource utilization,data collection and analytics on both temporal and spatial scales, and agricultural machinery and tool design for small-scale application.

Email: achansen@illinois.edu

Tim Rendalltimrendall

Project Manager of Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

Tim Rendall serves as the Project Manager for the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium. He coordinates all project activities, oversees project monitoring and evaluation, and manages the project's knowledge management and sharing. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Technical Systems Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has experience in designing and developing appropriate-scale mechanized tools for small holder farmers in rural Sierra Leone.

Email: rendall1@illinois.edu