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Horticulture: 6 countries, 1 goal

2SCALE will work with the Europe-Africa- Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP) to strengthen horticulture value chains in six countries: Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. The organizations recently signed an agreement to work together to build capacity through training-the-trainers programs. COLEACP’s mandate is to help…

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Cotton Coop Scales Up

2SCALE is helping the Nyakatonzi Growers’ Cooperative Union in Uganda to increase profits by increasing value addition, The 15,000-member cooperative, in Kasese district, produces and processes cotton. Cottonseed oil is a valuable by-product, but the cooperative’s processing equipment is outdated, so oil yields and quality…

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We Train, We Learn

Capacity strengthening is a key component in 2SCALE. Feedback from our partners suggests we’re doing well – but can we do better? The Regional Review and Capitalization Workshop held in Cotonou, Benin, in May helped distil lessons learned from last season, identify gaps in the…

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Togo – Leaving a Legacy

In May 2014, 2SCALE phased out activities in Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo − on schedule and as planned. Achievements, lessons learned, the phase-out process… here’s a summary for Togo. The number of project-supported agribusiness clusters was progressively reduced, and the portfolio targeted to strengthen…

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New Partnership with Heineken

The cassava sector in Nigeria is expected to grow dramatically, following a Memorandum of Understanding signed in June between Nigerian Breweries (the country’s largest beer producer, and a subsidiary of global giant Heineken), IFDC and cassava processor Psaltry International. Guests at the signing included Lilianne…

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Niger: over 600 women double their production of groundnut oil

In Niger groundnuts are produced and processed mainly by women, generating cash for education of children, health needs and other household needs. The Gaya groundnut cluster was established in 2007 by the union Sappe Ka Goye, whose 687 members (624 women) process groundnuts into cooking…

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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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