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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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Pilot Dairies in Nigeria

Action research in Nigeria’s Oyo state is helping small-scale dairy producers to improve animal health and milk yields. The research program is one component of a broad-ranging partnership between the Nigerian government, dairy firm FrieslandCampina Wamco and 2SCALE. We began with a 3-month pilot program,…

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Fertilizer Partnerships in Kenya

2SCALE is helping Kenyan rice farmers become more competitive, increasing yields while reducing production costs. One key innovation is fertilizer deep placement (FDP).  Instead of being broadcast in powder form, fertilizer is compressed into briquettes that can be precisely placed in the soil. FDP enables…

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Soyabeans in Benin

2SCALE’s soyabean partnerships in Benin were showcased at an international workshop held in Accra, organized by the Platform for African-European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development. 2SCALE supports a consortium that delivers improved production technologies, provides training, and links groups of small-scale soyabean farmers to…

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Coaching the Coaches

Agribusiness coaches for 2SCALE Kenya are now fully equipped, after intensive training during 2013 and 2014. They are working with farmers, produce buyers and other partners to make sure all elements are in place for the cropping season that began in November. Every 2SCALE agribusiness…

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Sweeter than Sugar

In Kenya, 2SCALE agribusiness clusters are producing Stevia – a natural, low-calorie sweetener whose leaves are 30 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia cultivation, formerly restricted to one small region, has expanded to four new areas (Bungoma, Meru, Nandi, Transmara) around the Rift Valley. The first producer groups were developed in December 2012…

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New value chains for maize

Agribusiness linkages in Togo, mediated by 2SCALE partners, have created new income streams for small-scale maize farmers, and helped poultry producers stay in business despite a dramatic increase in feed costs. Between 2005 and 2006, prices of white maize – at that time the main ingredient of poultry feed…

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