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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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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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Why are Seed Companies Hesitant to Enter the West African Market?

Access to quality seeds could help smallholder farmers to increase their yields, contribute to more food security and improve the diversity of crops. At the same time, seeds are merchandise and large seed companies have a lot of power worldwide. Dutch development cooperation magazine Vice Versa investigated…

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How to Make Your Agribusiness more Inclusive, Innovative and Profitable

In the fall of 2016 2SCALE organized a four-week bootcamp on Inclusive Agribusiness. This online training aimed to equip participants with knowledge and tools to manage an Inclusive Agribusiness, based on the experience of successful agribusiness entrepreneurs. A wide range of topics was covered, ranging…

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Mrs. Monica Maigari: An award-winning Local Soybean Processor in Madakiya

Monica Maigari was chosen to participate in the 2016 Oxfam conference as a Female Food Hero because of her contribution to food security in the Madakiya community of Nigeria. The Female Food Hero Contest recognizes the achievement of women smallholders and gives them a platform to…

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Feeding the Big Cities: Small Rice Parboilers in the Great Battle of Rice Markets

Because of its affordability, taste, ease and speed of preparation (compared to sorghum and millet), rice has become the preferred cereal of urban consumers in West Africa. It’s expected that urban consumers will account for 70% of the total population of West Africa by 2050, compared…

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Farming for Profit: College Graduate Yusuf Monimago Turns to Agriculture

My name is Yusuf Monimago from Kwara State, North Central Nigeria. I have a background in public administration at Kwara State Polytechnic, and I also trained for one year on commercial agriculture in Kwara State University. During this training program, I developed the desire to…

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