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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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Celebrate cassava, drink beer!

For decades, small-scale farmers in Mozambique have grown cassava for home consumption – rarely for sale. But today it’s a profitable cash crop. More than 6000 smallholder farmers in Nampula and Imhambane grow cassava as an ingredient for Impala beer. Every month the cassava industry…

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Lactometers will change the cheater

In 2013 FrieslandCampina WAMCO (FCW – Nigeria) noticed an increase in milk adulteration during the periodic quality checks at its milk collection centers. Some producers were adding water to ‘bulk up’ their milk volumes. These lots were rejected, causing losses not only to the producers…

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Soybeans for Goussi

What has the nutritional value of 66 eggs, but costs the same as just four eggs? Answer: a kilogram of soybean Goussi.  Goussi is a popular West African dish, traditionally made from squash seeds. To promote Goussi made from soybean, 2SCALE is partnering with the…

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Million dollar maize for babies

GUTS Agro, a processing firm and our private sector partner in Ethiopia, started sourcing maize and soybeans worth of $1.2 million from 2SCALE clusters. The company signed contracts with two farmer unions, Sidama Elto for maize and Hunde Chewaka for soybeans. Guts Agro committed itself…

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Sesame in dry season? It’s possible!

Most sesame in Mali is rain-fed. With 2SCALE’s support, PROSEMA (Society for Promotion of Sesame in Mali) is introducing dry-season cultivation under irrigation, in parts of the Office du Niger (ON) region. This will create a new income stream for thousands of smallholder farmers and…

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First result Ethiopian research project

In January we reported on the start of new research projects in Ethiopia and Kenya in the 2SCALE program. The collected insights will result in changes in the supply chain in BoP markets. The first research resulted in an innovative credit system for procurement of…

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2SCALE wins award for rice pilots in Benin

The Conseil de Concertation des Riziculteurs (CCR, the umbrella organization of rice producers in Benin) honoured the 2Scale project with a special award. The ceremony was broadcast live on television. Mathias Ahounou, National Cluster Advisor, collected the award on behalf of the project team. CCR…

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Citrus: an additional premium of $200

The citrus partnership driven by Fruittiland aims to source 104,000 tons of citrus per annum from 4,000 smallholders (2,400 men and 1,600 women) by 2017. The farmers involved were trained in post-harvest handling, plantation maintenance and farming as a business, resulting in a significant turnaround…

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AACE Foods opens new factory

AACE Foods is buying a broad variety of crops directly from smallholder farmers to produce flour, spices and other products. As a development partner of the 2SCALE program, AACE Foods introduces technological innovations such as solar dryers in its processes and links farmers to micro…

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