Kenya

Potatoes: lead partner Agrico has introduced new high-yielding varieties; other partners offer market linkages and farmer training etc. The partnership also includes support to strengthen government certification agencies.

Chilies: lead partner Equator Kenya provides a guaranteed market with advance contracts, as well as farmer training and support. The partnership has introduced drip irrigation to reduce dependence on unreliable rainfall.

Rice: lead partner ARM Holdings is pioneering the promotion of blended fertilizers in Kenya. The partnership focuses on scaling out nutrient-enriched briquettes in conjunction with ‘deep placement’ technology to obtain higher yields with significantly less fertilizer.

Sorghum: lead partner Shalem Investments – winner of an international agribusiness award in March 2015 – is linking farmers to new markets. Other partners provide new sorghum varieties, training and access to credit. The partnership is also piloting sorghum-based foods for low-income families.

Dairy: 2SCALE partners with two independent companies, Eldoville and Morani Dairies. In both cases, collaboration focuses on improving feed/fodder production by cattle owners, introducing new dairy products for the poor, and IT systems to track deliveries, quality and payments.

Vegetables: lead partner Rijk Zwaan has introduced new varieties of several vegetable crops through their agent Kenya Highlands Seeds. The partnership is also exploring ways to improve the marketing of fresh and dried vegetables to low-income families.

Updates

Better storage, better prices

Potato farmers in Kenya are in no rush to sell. A 2SCALE initiative, co-funded by the Irish embassy, is helping to build low-cost stores, allowing farmers to store their harvest until prices are more favorable. Two months of storage (rather than selling immediately after harvest)…

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Zinc + boron = rice?

A 2SCALE partnership with fertilizer manufacturer Toyota Tsusho is helping Kenyan rice farmers increase yields and profits while reducing fertilizer use and preventing environmental damage. The key is new fertilizer formulations that contain secondary and micronutrients such as zinc, boron and copper in addition to…

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Brokering the brokers

Brokers and middlemen have terrible reputations – but they are critical in any value chain involving smallholder farmers. Bulk buyers do not visit individual farms (or even cooperatives) because the quantities offered are usually small. Instead, they rely on brokers or aggregators. These brokers have…

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Using Charcoal to Cool instead of Heat

Technology innovation is helping dairy farmers in Kenya keep their milk fresh, even without refrigerators or electricity. Milk collection logistics are a major challenge for both farmers and processors in Kenya. Cows are generally milked twice a day, in the morning and in the evening….

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Scaling out Sorghum

2SCALE sorghum clusters have expanded from the Meru region to Mbeere in Embu County in Kenya. More than 1,200 farmers (60% women) from the Mbeere Small-scale Farmers Forum are part of an integrated program combining production innovations, mechanization, training, savings schemes, and linkages to credit…

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Fertilizer Technologies for Rice

Small-scale rice farmers in Kirinyaga County in Kenya are using new fertilizer technologies to increase yields by up to 50% while using one-third less fertilizer. The technology ‘package’ introduced by 2SCALE has two components. First, a specially formulated fertilizer blend that contains micronutrients such as…

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Seeing is believing

A large-scale demonstration-and-training program in Kenya is helping to scale out new technologies that will enable small-scale potato farmers to improve yields and quality. The program is led by three private firms: Lachlan (bio-enzymes for seed treatment and crop protection), Bayer (pest and disease management)…

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Irish partner for Irish potatoes – 2SCALE’s Storage Innovations

Low-cost mini-warehouses, designed by 2SCALE and co-funded by the private sector, have helped potato farmers in Kenya prevent storage losses, aggregate produce more efficiently and increase profits. The impacts have been so significant that other development organizations are providing funding to scale out. One example…

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Eldoret Trade Fair Making Business Connections

The Eldoret Agribusiness Trade Fair, sponsored by the Netherland Embassy in Kenya, provided a launching pad for new technologies and new business connections between small-scale farmers and  private firms. Participants at the September event included Kenyan government agencies, Dutch and US-funded development projects, and the…

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New dairy partnership in Kenya

A new partnership was launched earlier this year, aiming to ramp up dairy production and processing in Kenya’s Meru County. The lead partner is dairy firm Feska, which aggregates fresh milk for resale to large-scale processors. Feska already has a dairy farm, a 12,000-liter milk…

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“Treat farming by women as a serious business”

Ruth Kinoti, managing director (MD)  of Shalem Investments in Kenya is clear in her message:  a different mindset is an important condition for supporting women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment in the agro-food sector.  On 23rd August, Ruth and two of her peers, Ruth Okiror, MD of…

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Flavoured Gouda Cheese

Eldoville Dairies has introduced two new cheese products in Kenya, Black Danbo and flavored Gouda. Danbo is being sold in Kenya for the first time. The new Gouda comes in two flavors, cumin and black pepper. Experts from PUM Netherlands provided advice and training, and…

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Potatoes for profit

Three private firms are working with 2SCALE on a training-and-demonstration program to promote improved potato technologies in Kenya. Bayer Ltd provides fungicides and other crop protection chemicals. Yara Fertilizers provides three specialty fertilizers containing specific micro-nutrients such as iron, calcium, zinc and molybdenum, in addition…

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The value chain games

A new initiative, in collaboration with the Partnership Resource Centre (PrC), Netherlands, uses an analytical approach to understand how partnerships work. The first phase of the study, in late 2015, examined three partnerships – potatoes in Ethiopia, sorghum in Kenya, soybeans in Ghana. The objective…

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Sticky traps for bugs

Environment-friendly pesticides are helping tomato farmers fight the notorious Tuta moth. Partnership with the Dutch firm Koppert Bilogic Systems is helping to protect tomato crops in Kenya from two major threats: the moth Tuta absoluta, which can wipe out crops entirely; and bacterial wilt disease….

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A bigger voice for farmers

Three new partnership agreements were signed recently with private companies: Shalem Investments in Kenya and Agromaco and ACOF in Mozambique. Shalem purchases sorghum from more than 9,000 farmers, and is launching new ‘fortified’ sorghum flour products that will further expand market opportunities for small-scale producers….

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