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Not by technology and money alone

The importance of strengthening functional capacity in agribusiness partnerships Smallholder farmers and related business actors in the value chain need strong business relationships and networks and a deeper understanding of how value chains and markets work. Functional capacities give them the skills and confidence that…

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Soy, chickens and more

2SCALE’s soybean work in Mozambique goes beyond technologies and markets. Our goal is to build a partnership that creates opportunities all along the value chain. This partnership began with one cluster in Malema district, Nampula province. Today it involves 10,000 farmers (6,500 women) in Nampula…

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Action research

What makes a good partnership? How to make a good partnership better? An action-research program led by the Partnerships Resource Centre in Rotterdam is helping to find the answers. The research provides insights on how the design and structure of partnership arrangements contribute to (or…

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Sharing insights – the 2SCALE-KIT write-shop

2SCALE partnerships involve 556,000 farmers, 1,500 farmer cooperatives and 1,300 small businesses in nine countries. How best can we share the lessons learned, for potential application by other development projects? In June this year, we launched a new initiative with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)…

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Planning for training

How are we doing on capacity building? A Review & Capitalization Workshop (Kenya, March 2017) helped analyze 2016 results and plan for the next season. The workshop brought together 2SCALE staff, coaches and trainers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda, and value chain specialists from…

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Building capacity in Ethiopia

The 2SCALE project builds partnerships for development. Equally important, it builds capacity, empowering farmers, farmer cooperatives and unions, agri-entrepreneurs, extension staff and others with skills and business linkages to help them grow. Capacity building programs have made significant impacts, and these efforts have been noted…

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Bootcamp: Building your Inclusive Agribusiness

Learn from 2SCALE how partnerships and bottom-up innovations can help you build a profitable and inclusive agribusiness. 2SCALE is an agribusiness incubator aiming to improve rural livelihoods and food & nutrition security in Africa by accelerating inclusive business in agri-food industries. Through public-private partnerships, smallholder…

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#HeForShe: 2SCALE and AgriProFocus Celebrate Men Who Empower Women

Less than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent serve as heads of household responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees for their children. Because of their social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region, 2SCALE prioritizes strengthening women’s economic…

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Cash from Cassava

In Nigeria, smallholder cassava farmers have a huge new market, thanks to a woman entrepreneur, Dutch multinationals, and 2SCALE. Until recently, cassava was the stereotypical smallholder crop, grown on small plots for family consumption. 2SCALE’s partnerships with cassava processor Psaltry International (an award-winning, woman-headed firm)…

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Magical Mushrooms

The mushroom business in Ghana is booming, thanks largely to training, market linkages and association-building by 2SCALE and its partners. Very few crops can compare with mushrooms in terms of profitability or suitability for smallholder production. It can be produced three times a year on…

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to share our experiences in gender mainstreaming in 2SCALE? Our publication on “Gender Mainstreaming in Agribusiness Partnerships: Insights from 2SCALE” shares 2SCALE’s approach to gender, highlights case studies, and outlines lessons learned. It’s the first in…

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Clean Veggies, Green Veggies

Feleku Dubale is 35, a mother of four, and part of a unique agribusiness experiment in Ethiopia. She works for the Meki Batu fruit and vegetable cooperative near the capital Addis Ababa. Support from 2SCALE project has helped the Meki Batu expand membership, improve yields…

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From Cotton to Cooking Oil

The Nyakatonzi Cooperative, one of Uganda’s largest cotton producers, is using 2SCALE expertise to brand its newest product: cottonseed cooking oil. The Nyakatonzi cooperative aggregates cotton from its 15,000 members for processing and resale. The cooperative has been a 2SCALE partner since 2015 and the…

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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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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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