Benin

  • Maize: Lead partner SOCIA traditionally sells 80% of its products to SOBEBRA, the national brewery that is also actively involved in the partnership.
  • Paraboiled rice: Grassroots women-based organizations and ESOP (farmer enterprise) are being empowered through training and access to credit, to increase their parboiled-rice competitiveness on the growing market of Nigeria and cities in Benin, traditionally dominated by imported rice.
  • Pineapples: 2SCALE supported PROMO FRUITS with applying for an Oikocredit loan to upgrade the factory and to build on the success of its IRA juice cans, to eventually meet the booming demand from both West-African consumers and a new large customer in France.
  • Vegetables: EWITand Rijk Zwaan are lead partners. These partnerships provide trainings on agricultural good practices through demonstration plots, interactions with vegetable farmers, extension agents and agro-input dealers, and increase access to credit. This results in improved supply of high-quality seeds and increased income for farmers within the partnership.
  • Soybean: Soybean producer organizations are being linked to small local processors who are producing soy-products for street vendors and local restaurants. A pilot on soy goussi improved the quality of the soybean, developed promotional material and created new packaging.
  • Aromatic plants: Lead partner DETAREN seeks to tap into the opportunity within the West African demand for essential oils, and needs to increase its local sourcing. The partnership therefore focuses on connecting DETAREN with (potential) aromatic plant growers and on strengthening the supply chain.
  • Rabbit: L’Union Régionale des Cunniculteurs de l’Ouémè Plateau (URCOP) and the Centre d’Education et de Développement de Compétences (CEDEC) are jointly leading this partnership, stimulated by the appealing market of rabbit meat.
  • Cheese: lead partner Merry was supported by 2SCALE to develop a business plan and train seven new Fulani groups in quality cheese production, since production is not (yet) meeting the demand. The partnership focuses on access to finance to upgrade the cheese production capacity, and on BoP product development and marketing.

Updates

Not By Technology and Money Alone

Source: http://www.icra-edu.org/blog/not+by+technology+and+money+alone+%E2%80%93+blog+%232 Written by Gieljan Beijen   In March 2017, 2SCALE1 consortium partner ICRA organised a review and capitalization workshop. ICRA agribusiness trainers, who have been training and coaching supply chain actors in the 2SCALE programme for several years, came together from Benin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria….

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DENIS GNAKPENOU – IN MEMORIAM

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE, with Mathias Ahounou, Cluster Advisor Benin, Lawani Bello, HR Officer, Mahamane Toure, Communication Officer, and Raphaël Vogelsperger, Deputy CoP and regional coordinator West Africa. “We’ve ended up working in areas that are further away and poorer that we would…

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Innovations Liberate Women Farmers

With a potential income of $1300 per hectare (ha), achievable over a production cycle of 10 to 14 months, pineapple production provides a profitable opportunity for thousands of Beninese small-scale producers, especially those who, like Sylvie Affon-Amonmi, provide fresh pineapple at Promo Fruits, leader of…

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Taking Vegetable Production 2SCALE

52-year-old Bernadette Sossou is a vegetable farmer and member of the of Green Fingers Farmers’ Cooperative (COMADOV) in Grand Popo, Benin. She is the head of her household and mother of six children. “For me and for many vegetable growers in Benin, the biggest challenge…

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Natural juice reaches BoP consumers on a bike in Benin

By Rosanna Martucci, Junior Professional at BoP Inc. Promo Fruit is a fruit processing company based in Allada, in the Southern part of Benin. Fresh fruits, mainly pineapples, are supplied by 3700 farmers in the area, organised in the IRA cooperative. The juice the company produces…

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Everybody deserves a great product design!

In Benin we work with processing company Promo Fruits. Promo Fruits processes fresh pineapple into pure pineapple juice for the local and regional market under the brand IRA. One of the main challenges for Promo Fruits is the little control they have over their product once it leaves…

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Collective sales: A matter of trust

While they remain the main actors in agricultural value chains, small producers are not necessarily those that derive the main profit, mainly due to their low negotiation capacities. This position smallholder farmers find themselves in is a direct consequence of the trust deficit within farmer…

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There is a way for the poor

Jacques Tchekou (38) is the Operations Manager at Association de Lutte pour la Promotion des Initiatives de Dévelopment (ALIDé), a microfinance institution established in Benin in 2006, with the goal to offer products and financial services labeled as socially responsible. In Fon language, ALIDé literally…

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How will we feed the growing cities?

Nda Danielle, 32, holds a license degree in Marketing, and has been involved in vegetable production since 2011. She is now General Secretary of  l’Association des Maraîchers de la commune d’Abomey-Calavi, southern Benin, where 2SCALE supports a vegetable partnership driven by East-West Seed International (EWIT)….

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The parboiled rice business in Benin

Have you ever heard of a parboiled rice agribusiness cluster that supports a large number of smallholder rice producers – including many women, and local rice processors of which most of them are women. Never? Well, it does exist!! And there is even more to…

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Kangkong: a nutrition innovation in Benin

A new leafy vegetable is helping to improve family nutrition and create opportunities for market gardeners in Benin. Kangkong, also known as water spinach or swamp cabbage, is a leafy vegetable popular in Asia but previously unknown in Benin. Together with East-West Seed International 2SCALE…

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Soybean makes both men and women happy

Since 2000 farmers of Zogbodomey – a commune in the Zou Department of southern Benin –are growing soybean as an alternative for cotton. The agribusiness cluster was supported by 2SCALE with the construction of a stable partnership that resulted into several successes for both men…

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Microcredits to smallholders can bring about huge changes

“The time has come for making African agriculture and agribusiness a catalyst for ending poverty,” stated Makhtar Diop, Vice President of the World Bank for the Africa Region back in 2013. But how? We talked with Mr. Hounkposso Dieudionné, agricultural entrepreneur and President of l’Association des Maraîchers de la…

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