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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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Maize stores in Ethiopia

Five new storage facilities for maize, built by local communities with 2SCALE support, were inaugurated in July. The warehouses, with a capacity of 500 to 700 tons, consist of a wooden framework which is then plastered and finished. They were built by members of the…

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Crop rotations in Ethiopia

Sesame is a valuable commercial crop in north-west Ethiopia; but years of mono-cropping have left soil nutrients depleted and yields declining. 2SCALE works with the Sesame Business Network and CDI-Netherlands to persuade farmers to rotate sesame with other crops such as sorghum. Farmers are aware…

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Seeing is believing

A large-scale demonstration-and-training program in Kenya is helping to scale out new technologies that will enable small-scale potato farmers to improve yields and quality. The program is led by three private firms: Lachlan (bio-enzymes for seed treatment and crop protection), Bayer (pest and disease management)…

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Irish partner for Irish potatoes – 2SCALE’s Storage Innovations

Low-cost mini-warehouses, designed by 2SCALE and co-funded by the private sector, have helped potato farmers in Kenya prevent storage losses, aggregate produce more efficiently and increase profits. The impacts have been so significant that other development organizations are providing funding to scale out. One example…

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Eldoret Trade Fair Making Business Connections

The Eldoret Agribusiness Trade Fair, sponsored by the Netherland Embassy in Kenya, provided a launching pad for new technologies and new business connections between small-scale farmers and  private firms. Participants at the September event included Kenyan government agencies, Dutch and US-funded development projects, and the…

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New dairy partnership in Kenya

A new partnership was launched earlier this year, aiming to ramp up dairy production and processing in Kenya’s Meru County. The lead partner is dairy firm Feska, which aggregates fresh milk for resale to large-scale processors. Feska already has a dairy farm, a 12,000-liter milk…

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