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2SCALE event 2017 – Incubating Inclusive Agribusiness

November 7, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm



WhenNovember 7th 2017

Where: Social Impact Factory, Vredenburg 40, 3511 BD Utrecht, the Netherlands


What does it take to build an inclusive agribusiness in Africa?

2SCALE is one of the largest incubators of inclusive agribusiness in Africa. We run 50 public-private partnerships in high-potential product groups in 9 countries, involving over 500,000 farmers and 2,500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

At the 2SCALE EVENT 2017, you will learn from the best: entrepreneurs, producer organizations, finance institutions, business coaches and SMEs will all share how they succeed in establishing inclusive agribusiness that is socially-focused, and making a world of difference for the communities in which they operate.

The 2SCALE Event will be facilitated by Marina Diboma, Deputy Managing Director of the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC).

The Program

09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 Opening of Plenary Sessions

Keynote speaker: Ruth Kinoti – founder and CEO of Shalem Investments – Kenya

Ruth will be joined by guest speakers representing 2SCALE partnerships in Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Nigeria:

  • Ruth Kinoti, Shalem Investments – Kenya
  • Samuel Ntim, Yedent – Ghana
  • Florence Kinoti, Kremara Potato Growers Association – Kenya
  • Tiburce Cotchu, Union Communale des Maraichers de Grand Popo – Benin
  • Fatou Diarrassouba, Vegetables CIV – Ivory Coast
  • Rutger Groot, East West Company – the Netherlands
  • Paul Stanger, Heineken – the Netherlands
  • Nina Dessouassi, Promofruits pineapple platform – Benin
  • Umran Kaggwa, Agribusiness Management Associates – Uganda

13:00 Lunch, meet the speakers

14:00 Break-out Sessions

Leaving No One Behind: Focus on Women and Youth – Arno Maatman and Addis Teshome (IFDC)
To work on a truly inclusive agribusiness sector, extra efforts will need to be made by programs like 2SCALE to ensure that women and youth are part of the equation too. We will share detailed examples on how we worked to create more inclusive environments for those often overlooked in more traditional entrepreneurship contexts

Smallholder Farmer Organisation, Learning & Innovation – Gieljan Beijen (ICRA)
We will share 2SCALE’s interactive learning approach on market driven farmer organisation, learning and innovation. Through a concrete case, the cassava partnership in Nigeria, you will analyse and discuss key challenges faced and solutions found by building relationships in the value chain.

Marketing & Distribution to the BoP – Nick van der Velde (BoPInc)
We will inspire you with examples from how 2SCALE worked with local business champions on reaching BoP consumers with nutritious food products. We will share strategy tools we used, and together we will work on a real life case from 2SCALE to make the use of these strategy tools practically applicable

Partnership Governance – Raphael Vogelsperger (IFDC)
We will highlight good practices and lessons learned on 2SCALE’s experience with setting up inclusive partnership governance arrangements. Following this, a group discussion will help to get insight from participants on their challenges and good practices related to partnership governance

15:30 Wrapping up, closing remarks

16:00 – 17:00 Refreshments


November 7, 2017
9:30 am - 5:00 pm