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Soybean makes both men and women happy

Since 2000 farmers of Zogbodomey – a commune in the Zou Department of southern Benin –are growing soybean as an alternative for cotton. The agribusiness cluster was supported by 2SCALE with the construction of a stable partnership that resulted into several successes for both men…

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Major growth spurt of sorghum in Kenya

Sorghum production in Kenya is set to expand rapidly, following a recent government decision to roll back taxes on sorghum beer. To help stakeholders take full advantage of the new opportunities, 2SCALE hosted a meeting of industry stakeholders, aiming to create business linkages and introduce…

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Microcredits to smallholders can bring about huge changes

“The time has come for making African agriculture and agribusiness a catalyst for ending poverty,” stated Makhtar Diop, Vice President of the World Bank for the Africa Region back in 2013. But how? We talked with Mr. Hounkposso Dieudionné, agricultural entrepreneur and President of l’Association des Maraîchers de la…

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New seed potatoes improve yields of smallholders in Kenya

Agrico is a co-operative enterprise of 850 private farmers and is exclusively focused on breeding, production and marketing of seed and ware potatoes. After the Kenyan and Dutch government reached bilateral agreements on phytosanitary regulations, variety testing and protection, Agrico established a subsidiary in Nairobi:…

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Doing business with women gives better economic benefits

Operating in Ségou (Mali, Office du Niger) and key player in the onion agribusiness cluster supported by 2SCALE in this region, Mahamadou Nantoumé is the representing director of Toguna SA, the largest company within the agricultural inputs industry in Mali. For this young but prudent trader,…

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2Scale connects Psaltry and Nigerian Breweries to increase local sourcing

On June 4, Oluyemisi Iranloye, CEO of 2SCALE partner Psaltry International, delivered a speech at the AgriFood Top in Wageningen, the Netherlands. She explained the companies’ new strategy to increase local sourcing of cassava. Psaltry processes the locally sourced cassava into starch, and sells it…

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A juicy market for pineapple

The rapid growth of pineapple juice demand in Africa is unprecedented and similar to the growth of the food market (which is expected to reach 1000 billion dollars in 2030 in Africa alone according to FAO). For pineapple processing company and partner in the 2SCALE…

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From fruit to potato

Last week a delegation of Kevian Kenya Ltd. – the largest juice processor in East and Central Africa – visited the Netherlands to learn more about potato processing, storage, packaging and financing. We talked with Richard Kimani Rugendo (director), Esther Mwihaki (CEO) and Peter Kinyanjui Kimani…

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2SCALE co-organizes BoP Global Summit

Linking supply chains with product innovation On July 16th and 17th 2SCALE co-organizes the BoP Global Summit in the USA around the theme of ‘Building Ecosystems for the BoP’ (http://summit2015.bopglobalnetwork.org/). Nearly all facilitating organizations in Base of the Pyramid arena will be represented and most experts,…

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Special Food Chains Edition of Vice Versa with 2SCALE

Vice Versa – the Dutch magazine on international development – published a special on food chains that focusses on the effect of agricultural value chains on the development of farmers, their incomes and the economy. One of the articles in the special zooms in on 2SCALE’s aim to…

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2SCALE participates in No More Food to Waste conference

The Ministry of Economic Affairs in close cooperation with the Government of Vietnam, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the African Union Commission (AUC will organize the international conference ‘NO MORE FOOD TO WASTE…

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“We are always thinking of ways for farmers to increase their income”

East West Seed International (EWIT) produces high-yielding, disease-resistant vegetable varieties adapted to African smallholder farming conditions. EWIT joined 2SCALE in 2013 and currently rolls out varieties in Benin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria, with help of 2SCALE. We asked Jan Arie Nugteren, EWIT advisor for West Africa, how the…

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2SCALE partner wins international award

Shalem Investments, a sorghum trading and processing firm in Kenya, has won the EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award. This was announced last week at the EMRC Agribusiness Forum in Kinshasa, DRC. Two of the five finalists were 2SCALE partners – Shalem and CB Farm Fresh, a…

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2SCALE supports AACE Foods Nigeria in BoP marketing

On the 12th of March, the 2SCALE team in Nigeria organized a BoP marketing workshop with AACE Foods – a local SME that produces herbs and spices. Recently, AACE Foods started producing convenience foods, primarily corn-soy flour that functions as an affordable and nutritious breakfast…

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Nothing beats Mushroom

Despite its great potential to generate income and to improve nutrition for 25 million of Ghanaian people, the mushroom industry in Ghana is characterized by low productivity, inefficient supply chains and, above all, difficult access to finance. Through the Ghana Mushroom partnership, IFDC is promoting…

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