AN INTERNSHIP ON SCALE CHANGE, WHAT IS IT?
My internship consisted in understanding, describing and analysing the scaling up processes of four services set up within the Fifata group in several regions of Madagascar.
Scaling up can take many different forms; describing it means understanding how we have moved from an initial situation of a functioning service to a situation where the service reaches more and/or better producers, and/or in more regions. This takes time, because for each service, the process is different, involving different actors and contexts.
To do this, I conducted qualitative interviews with about sixty people (Fert employees, leaders and managers of the Fifata group, farmers): dialogue with people involved in these services helps to understand the history, the organisation of the FO (farmer organisation) and the service and finally the process of scale change. I have discovered that the change of scale is implied in the action and is sometimes implicit. There is no strategy for “scaling up” and therefore no standard process. On the other hand, it is possible to find conditions and characteristics favourable to the change of scale. That’s what I’ve been trying to do.