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Fertilizer Technologies for Rice

Small-scale rice farmers in Kirinyaga County in Kenya are using new fertilizer technologies to increase yields by up to 50% while using one-third less fertilizer. The technology ‘package’ introduced by 2SCALE has two components. First, a specially formulated fertilizer blend that contains micronutrients such as…

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Supermom’s – stronger than ever

Sales of Supermom’s, a high-protein corn-soya food produced by GUTS Agro, continue to grow rapidly. The product – the first of its kind in Ethiopia – was developed with assistance from 2SCALE and PUM experts from the Netherlands. Project support now focuses on marketing –…

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Amaize-ing!

Two farmer unions, Sidama Elto in the SNNP region and Anger Abaya in Oromia in Ethiopia, have become major players on the maize market, thanks to technical and marketing support from 2SCALE. The unions aggregate maize from 21,000 smallholder farmers. In 2016, they provided partner…

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Drink to sorghum!

Sesame is big business in northern Ethiopia, generating huge export revenues but also draining soil nutrients through continuous monoculture. One solution is to rotate sesame with other crops such as sorghum. Until recently, few farmers were willing to rotate, simply because there was no market…

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Making Milk Markets Work

A partnership with two private firms – dairy processor Family Milk (which buys raw milk from farmers) and feed manufacturer AKF – is helping to gradually expand production and sales of milk and yogurt in Ethiopia. The approach is to help small-scale dairy farmers secure…

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Where to start in inclusive agribusiness? Join our online bootcamp!

Organised by 2SCALE and the Inclusive Business Accelerator, the bootcamp on Inclusive Agribusiness aims 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 will be covered from sales and…

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Transforming the Sesame Business in Mali

Farm gate prices of sesame in Mali have increased six-fold in the past seven years, fueled by export demand. Yet, production is not growing quickly enough, and Malian processors and exporters are unable to source sufficient quantities. “Europe and especially China have millions of new…

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Feeding the Big Cities: A Complex Opportunity for Small Vegetable Producers

Mali has one of the fastest rates of urbanization in Africa (5.08 percent per year), and Bamako, like many West African capitals, has become a huge food market, driven by three constants: Rapidly increasing population growth (from 3 to 15 million since 1960), a growing…

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Empowered Women Drive Economies – Creating a friendly business environment for women

Did you know? In the regions of Gao and Segou in Mali, less than 5 percent of land managers are women, but more than 30 percent of these women are head of households, often widows, responsible for food, healthcare, and school fees for their children….

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Natural juice reaches BoP consumers on a bike in Benin

By Rosanna Martucci, Junior Professional at BoP Inc. Promo Fruit is a fruit processing company based in Allada, in the Southern part of Benin. Fresh fruits, mainly pineapples, are supplied by 3700 farmers in the area, organised in the IRA cooperative. The juice the company produces…

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Supply chains for soybean

RECO Industries, a large-scale soybean processor in Uganda, sought 2SCALE assistance in strengthening its supply chain. One year later, the results are clearly visible. More than 10,000 smallholder farmers have been ‘recruited’, of whom 4,000 have been trained in modern production methods. Volumes and quality…

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The dairy sector – upwards in Uganda

A new partnership with one of Uganda‘s largest dairy cooperatives will draw on 2SCALE experience in Kenya and Ethiopia to create new opportunities for farmers as well as processors. Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperative Union signed a partnership agreement in July, outlining an ambitious program for…

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Adding value to oilseeds

The 15,000-member Nyakatonzi cooperative in Uganda is improving value addition and boosting profits. The cotton cooperative is investing in new oil extraction equipment (co-funded by 2SCALE) that will allow it to process cotton and several types of oilseeds. More than 3,000 farmers are currently involved,…

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More sorghum, more beer

Partnerships with two of Uganda’s largest beer manufacturers – Nile and Uganda Breweries – are ensuring that smallholder sorghum farmers have a guaranteed market, and incentives to invest in further improving output and quality. Twenty-one local businesses and more than 25,000 farmers are involved. As…

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Branded stores, branded vegetables

The Meki Batu Farmer Union in Ethiopia has long been known for high-quality vegetables. With 2SCALE support, it is now going full-scale commercial, with retail outlets selling its own brand of produce. 2SCALE teams worked with the Union to develop and roll out a new…

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