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Action research

What makes a good partnership? How to make a good partnership better? An action-research program led by the Partnerships Resource Centre in Rotterdam is helping to find the answers. The research provides insights on how the design and structure of partnership arrangements contribute to (or…

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Sharing insights – the 2SCALE-KIT write-shop

2SCALE partnerships involve 556,000 farmers, 1,500 farmer cooperatives and 1,300 small businesses in nine countries. How best can we share the lessons learned, for potential application by other development projects? In June this year, we launched a new initiative with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)…

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What do we really mean with loyalty?

Some time ago, I (Arno Maatman) participated in a workshop – facilitated by consortium partner ICRA – on the supply chain relationships between Shalem, a medium-scale aggregator of and trader in sorghum (and other commodities, but I will stick here to the sorghum), the farmers,…

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Better storage, better prices

Potato farmers in Kenya are in no rush to sell. A 2SCALE initiative, co-funded by the Irish embassy, is helping to build low-cost stores, allowing farmers to store their harvest until prices are more favorable. Two months of storage (rather than selling immediately after harvest)…

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Zinc + boron = rice?

A 2SCALE partnership with fertilizer manufacturer Toyota Tsusho is helping Kenyan rice farmers increase yields and profits while reducing fertilizer use and preventing environmental damage. The key is new fertilizer formulations that contain secondary and micronutrients such as zinc, boron and copper in addition to…

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Brokering the brokers

Brokers and middlemen have terrible reputations – but they are critical in any value chain involving smallholder farmers. Bulk buyers do not visit individual farms (or even cooperatives) because the quantities offered are usually small. Instead, they rely on brokers or aggregators. These brokers have…

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Maize: A yellow revolution in motion

Djènèba Sanogo is a member of the “Sinignèsigui” cooperative located in Loulouni (in southern Mali). She is also one of the 240 women who received an input credit, facilitated by IFDC’s 2SCALE Project, through an off-take contract with Société Nama et Fils (SONAF), a company…

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Business Development Forum on Sesame from Mali: A decisive step towards competitiveness

The 2SCALE-facilitated Sesame Business Development Forum held 16-19 May 2017, a multi-stakeholder diagnosis and planning forum designed by ICRA, brought together the company Promotion du Sesame au Mali (PROSEMA), the networks of sesame collectors, leaders of 120 producer’s organizations currently in the restructuring phase in…

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Elephant Vert Joins 2SCALE to Develop Farmers Academy with SPAR in Nigeria

SPAR is the world’s leading voluntary food retail chain. It is an international group of independently owned and operated retailers/wholesalers working in partnership under the SPAR brand to provide a high quality, value for money shopping experience. SPAR International is represented in 4 continents and…

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Distributing Yedent Maisoyforte Tombrown with ‘Koko’ Sellers as Indigenous Partners

Written by Kwame Ntim Pipim, BoP Marketing Expert.  One of the pillars in any marketing strategy is efficiency in delivering products and services to the end consumer at the right place and time. This means the distribution mechanism needs to be cost-effective and must deliver products…

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