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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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A bigger voice for farmers

Three new partnership agreements were signed recently with private companies: Shalem Investments in Kenya and Agromaco and ACOF in Mozambique. Shalem purchases sorghum from more than 9,000 farmers, and is launching new ‘fortified’ sorghum flour products that will further expand market opportunities for small-scale producers….

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From the bank to the field

You think agriculture is for African youth who have no other choice? Think twice: Dung Daweng Pam is not only a college graduate, but also an economist who worked at a bank for three years before making an unusual choice. “I decided to quit my…

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Kangkong: a nutrition innovation in Benin

A new leafy vegetable is helping to improve family nutrition and create opportunities for market gardeners in Benin. Kangkong, also known as water spinach or swamp cabbage, is a leafy vegetable popular in Asia but previously unknown in Benin. Together with East-West Seed International 2SCALE…

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Got milk?

Twelve dairy cooperatives in Western Kenya and the Rift Valley – more than 15,000 farmers – have joined 2SCALE. A series of workshops, training programs and field visits between September and November 2015 have helped expand market linkages, introduce new dairy technologies, and roll out…

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Introducing fertilizer blends in Mozambique

Smallholder cassava farmers in Mozambique started using balanced-nutrient fertilizers for the first time. The new fertilizer blends, enhanced with boron, sulfur and other micronutrients, were produced by 2SCALE partner Greenbelt Fertilizers at their plant in Beira. More than 500 farmers received the new blends in…

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“I now know how to present myself to customers”

Mr. Ireso Denbal is not only a farmer, he is also the board secretary of the Meki Batu Union (MBU), one of our partners in  Ethiopia. MBU is a vegetable and fruit growers’ cooperative union in Ethiopia with nearly 8000 farmer members. The partnership with 2SCALE is helping…

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Quantitative research enables us to compare various types of innovation

Christopher Foster is currently lecturing ICT and innovation at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this he worked as a researcher at the University of Oxford (2013-2015), exploring the impacts of broadband internet in East Africa. He achieved his PhD from the University of Manchester (2009 –…

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Equality in agribusiness: Facilitating single tax payment for women

2SCALE in Nigeria is supporting organizational strengthening and development for women at the local level, in order to better equip them for effective engagement of stakeholders towards overcoming identified regulatory, institutional and administrative constraints to doing business in their respective areas. One of such institutional…

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Mali: where is the money?

Africa’s food market –largely dominated by street vendors– could create a trillion-dollar by 2030, resulting from a fast growing population, increasing prosperity and evolution in diet and cultural habits. Including those regions in Africa that are generally labelled as the poorest ones in the world…

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