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Everybody deserves a great product design!

In Benin we work with processing company Promo Fruits. Promo Fruits processes fresh pineapple into pure pineapple juice for the local and regional market under the brand IRA. One of the main challenges for Promo Fruits is the little control they have over their product once it leaves…

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Collective sales: A matter of trust

While they remain the main actors in agricultural value chains, small producers are not necessarily those that derive the main profit, mainly due to their low negotiation capacities. This position smallholder farmers find themselves in is a direct consequence of the trust deficit within farmer…

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Good farming brings good jobs, health and profits

Nojet is a young vegetable entrepreneur in Nigeria, her story is below: My name is Nojet Achi. I attended Ahmed Bello University where I studied mass communication. I also attended the Nigerian Defense Academy, a famous African military university, where I got my master’s degree…

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“Local sourcing is not an easy journey”

Heineken set the ambition to locally source 60% of their agricultural raw materials in Africa by 2020. Thanks to their partnership with 2SCALE in Nigeria, local Heineken subsidiary Nigerian Breweries are starting to use local ingredients as a substitute for importing sugar from Brazil. We…

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“We are proud of our mother!”

Last July 2SCALE’s Ethiopian partner company GUTS Agro launched an affordable, highly nutritious corn-soya blend for young children and expectant and nursing mothers, along with a unique distribution model named Likie. Fifty women are now running the Likie micro-franchise distribution business in five different cities….

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Adama’s story

2SCALE believes that young people will shape the future of food security. To engage youth in agriculture, the 2SCALE project equips young farmers with the tools and knowledge to make agriculture a profitable career. Nineteen-year-old Adama Traore is determined to manage his own farm. His story…

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I like Likie

The Likie marketing model – the first of its kind in Ethiopia – was rolled out in northern Ethiopia in February. The model, designed by partner firm GUTS Agro with 2SCALE assistance, uses women micro-franchisees to distribute a low-cost , high-protein corn-soya blend known as…

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There is a way for the poor

Jacques Tchekou (38) is the Operations Manager at Association de Lutte pour la Promotion des Initiatives de Dévelopment (ALIDé), a microfinance institution established in Benin in 2006, with the goal to offer products and financial services labeled as socially responsible. In Fon language, ALIDé literally…

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New dairy partnership in Uganda!

Our newest partner: United Crane Creameries in Uganda, a dairy farmers’ union with 20,000 members organized in 140 primary cooperatives. The union has 10 milk trucks, 95 milk chillers installed at the primary cooperatives and 20 new chillers awaiting installation. A new processing plant is…

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The value chain games

A new initiative, in collaboration with the Partnership Resource Centre (PrC), Netherlands, uses an analytical approach to understand how partnerships work. The first phase of the study, in late 2015, examined three partnerships – potatoes in Ethiopia, sorghum in Kenya, soybeans in Ghana. The objective…

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Sticky traps for bugs

Environment-friendly pesticides are helping tomato farmers fight the notorious Tuta moth. Partnership with the Dutch firm Koppert Bilogic Systems is helping to protect tomato crops in Kenya from two major threats: the moth Tuta absoluta, which can wipe out crops entirely; and bacterial wilt disease….

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Ghana: I will conquer the market with quality Valencia Late oranges!

Before 2SCALE’s interventions in the Fruittiland citrus partnership in Ghana, the challenges were numerous. Low productivity of small- scale orchards with scattered production units, poor means of transport and bad road networks connecting farms to the markets were some of the concerns. So far, 2SCALE…

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How will we feed the growing cities?

Nda Danielle, 32, holds a license degree in Marketing, and has been involved in vegetable production since 2011. She is now General Secretary of  l’Association des Maraîchers de la commune d’Abomey-Calavi, southern Benin, where 2SCALE supports a vegetable partnership driven by East-West Seed International (EWIT)….

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Negotiating transportation costs

In  Nigeria, cassava is a staple crop. Various cassava derivatives are part of the diet of most Nigerian families. Two Nigerian presidents have even led presidential initiatives on a composite cassava-wheat flour with 10% cassava. Their exit from office, however, signalled the end of these…

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The parboiled rice business in Benin

Have you ever heard of a parboiled rice agribusiness cluster that supports a large number of smallholder rice producers – including many women, and local rice processors of which most of them are women. Never? Well, it does exist!! And there is even more to…

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