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Kara brewery creates a new market for rice farmers and millers

VAP-riz is a rice miller that seeks to source 1,000 tons of paddy rice to supply the Kara brewery in Togo. Since 2011, the company has sourced rice from two clusters: Kara and Savanes. Farmers of these clusters (50 percent of whom are women) now…

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High hopes for horticulture

Despite its huge agricultural potential, South Sudan imports the majority of its vegetables. In the capital city of Juba alone, $70 million worth of vegetables are imported per year – but with the right approach, this market could be supplied almost entirely by domestic production….

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Friesland and the Fulani

FrieslandCampina Wamco, Nigeria’s largest producer of dairy products, uses mostly imported milk powder because local supplies of fresh milk are unreliable. 2SCALE is using its community mobilization skills to help the company source more milk locally. Traditional pastoralists from the Fulani community produce 70 percent…

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Chilies – red hot markets

More than 5,000 small-scale farmers in coastal Kenya have signed contracts with a large private firm to produce chilies for export to Europe. The key to this partnership – mediated by 2SCALE – is the use of low-cost, water-efficient drip irrigation systems to guarantee high…

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Women’s cooperative leads in parboiled rice

The union of women parboilers in Bagré buys rice from local farmers and processes it into affordable, nutritious parboiled rice. The women’s union is part of the Boulgou rice cluster. The parboilers were not very active in the cluster at its inception (2008, when cluster…

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Twin heads are better than one

Twin sisters Jenniveh and Janet Lugonia are groundnut traders. They are members of the 2SCALE groundnut cluster in Chiana, in Ghana’s Upper East region. They’re also good examples of how project linkages can change lives. The twins have worked together for 12 years. The initial…

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Technology innovations cut costs, boost yields

Technology innovations introduced by 2SCALE are helping smallholder farmers in Uganda cut production costs while substantially increasing crop yields. One such technology is Rhizobium inoculation, which accelerates the formation of special root nodules in soybean plants. The nodules are critical in biological nitrogen fixation, which…

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Protein for the Poor

Goussi, a traditional dish in West Africa, is made from squash seeds. It’s eaten with sauces, fish or greens, and is an important source of protein especially for families that cannot afford meat. 2SCALE is partnering with the Coopérative de Transformation, d’Approvisionnement et d’Écoulement de…

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Open sesame!

Sesame is big business in Ethiopia. A new partnership between government agencies (notably, the Humera and Gonder research centers), 2SCALE and the Sesame Business Network will help it grow even bigger. The new initiative brings together two consortia – the Sesame Business Network and the…

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Onions – big business for small producers

Technology, training, linkages and organizational support from 2SCALE is empowering smallholder farmers in Mali capitalize on the booming market for onions. Price fluctuations are usually bad for business. But in Mali, 2SCALE is helping smallholder farmers turn challenge into opportunity. Onions are a major food…

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SOYBEANS: PROTEIN PLUS PROFIT

It’s 40 percent protein, 20 percent oil, and nearly 100 percent profit. Farm cooperatives in Nigeria are expanding soybean production, using high-yielding varieties, modern crop management methods and collective action to get higher yields and better prices. The Madakiya area in Kaduna state has always…

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Cash from cassava

The Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company (DADTCO) is working with 2SCALE to create a stable market for smallholder cassava farmers in Mozambique. The key is DADTCO’s patented technology – a mobile processing unit that converts fresh cassava roots into cassava cake. This solves the…

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What Food, at what Price?

Insights from a study of base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) households in Ghana and Kenya are helping to design strategies to deliver low-cost, high-quality food products to the poorest consumers. The study was led by 2SCALE partner BoPInc. Researchers interviewed more than 1,500 people in the two countries…

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Cassava: now a cash crop

For centuries, farmers in the village of Tondi Hinza have grown cassava for food, not for sale. Today, the community hosts a thriving agribusiness cluster. And as neighboring communities follow their example, cassava is becoming a major cash crop in parts of Niger. Tondi Hinza…

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Potatoes for profit

The first 2SCALE agribusiness clusters in East Africa were launched in Kenya in December 2012. Farmers in Meru County, in the foothills of Mount Kenya, have set up three clusters to grow high-quality potatoes for sale to a processor in Nairobi. The clusters include over…

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