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Turning Risk into Opportunities

Safe pesticide application services provided by trained Spray Service Providers (SSPs) generate employment opportunities and income for 15 youth in Chereponi in northeast Ghana. The use of pesticides in crop production has become a common phenomenon among smallholder farmers in Ghana. These pesticides are generally…

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Irish Potatoes, Irish Support

Potato farmers in Mozambique face a number of challenges, beginning with seeds. 2SCALE works with Montesco SA (a distributor for HZPC-Netherlands) to build the seed chain, and to provide additional assistance – training, market linkages, business support among others – to help smallholders transition to…

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Dairy Does Better

Much of the milk and dairy products sold in Mozambique are imported. We’re working with Agromaco, a medium-sized dairy processor, to develop local producer networks that can compete with imports. Four clusters are operational, located around milk collection centers in Zembe, Gondola, Vanduzi and Amantogas…

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Soybeans for Smallholders

2SCALE partnerships are helping to build value chains for non-traditional crops, creating new markets for smallholder farmers and new lines of business for agri-enterprises. One example is our work with Agro Commercial Olinda Fondo (ACOF), a woman-headed trading and processing firm with farmer networks in…

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Creating Jobs, Creating Businesses

Kato Hassan is a city boy. He had never seen a soybean field until 2 years ago, when he joined a training program run by 2SCALE partner ARUDIFA. He realized there were opportunities in small-scale food processing, with farmer groups ready to sell, and consumers…

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Scaling out Sorghum

2SCALE sorghum clusters have expanded from the Meru region to Mbeere in Embu County in Kenya. More than 1,200 farmers (60% women) from the Mbeere Small-scale Farmers Forum are part of an integrated program combining production innovations, mechanization, training, savings schemes, and linkages to credit…

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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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