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WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AFRICAN AGRIBUSINESS – FROM SKEPTICISM TO ROLE MODELS

What difference does it make to be a female entrepreneur in Africa among male peers and the community? Why is it important to support women entrepreneurship? What is the best way of doing so? And what inspiration can women entrepreneurs offer for women leadership and…

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Flavoured Gouda Cheese

Eldoville Dairies has introduced two new cheese products in Kenya, Black Danbo and flavored Gouda. Danbo is being sold in Kenya for the first time. The new Gouda comes in two flavors, cumin and black pepper. Experts from PUM Netherlands provided advice and training, and…

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Professionalization of the potato value chain in Mozambique

Potato trader and seed producer Montesco is the sole agent for Dutch company HZPC in Mozambique. It is also the lead partner in a new initiative to professionalize the potato value chain. The importance of this partnership was reflected in the participation at a recent…

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AACE Foods’ dried ginger arrived in The Netherlands!

To boost their businesses, 2SCALE facilitates partnership brokering for African SMEs. Last year we connected our Nigerian partner enterprise AACE Foods to Dutch importer Intertaste. AACE Foods now sold their first shipping container of 22 ton of dried split grade A ginger to Intertaste, which…

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Potatoes for profit

Three private firms are working with 2SCALE on a training-and-demonstration program to promote improved potato technologies in Kenya. Bayer Ltd provides fungicides and other crop protection chemicals. Yara Fertilizers provides three specialty fertilizers containing specific micro-nutrients such as iron, calcium, zinc and molybdenum, in addition…

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Expanding the milk market in Mozambique

Partner firm Agromaco has launched an ambitious expansion plan to produce sterilized milk and animal feeds. Their new factory, which is under construction, will have a capacity of 7 tons per hour. 2SCALE helped link the company to four dairy cooperatives as potential suppliers to…

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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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