Blogs

 

New horizons for Novos Horizontes

It’s not easy to make a business out of poultry meat in Mozambique. Despite the serious and growing market demand, there is strong competition from imported meat, both close by (South-Africa) as well as far away (Europe). One of the local companies that has managed…

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All good things come to an end

The approach of 2SCALE is such that we foresee our collaboration with partners to have a beginning, and an end. Steering towards having an “exit strategy” for each partnership is not easy for everybody involved, but important to work on to make for a sustainable…

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Building integrated business support services

The role of advisors in agribusiness is ever changing. Whereas conventional advisors mainly work with farmers, 2SCALE turned these intermediaries into coaches of local business partnerships in a particular value chain. As this shift showed impressive results, such as the embedding of support costs within…

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Not By Technology and Money Alone

Source: http://www.icra-edu.org/blog/not+by+technology+and+money+alone+%E2%80%93+blog+%232 Written by Gieljan Beijen   In March 2017, 2SCALE1 consortium partner ICRA organised a review and capitalization workshop. ICRA agribusiness trainers, who have been training and coaching supply chain actors in the 2SCALE programme for several years, came together from Benin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria….

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Mindset changes in Mali

By: Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE “Arouna, on va manger?” The president, who must have had a name, but everyone calls him le president, of the producer organization of M’pègnèsso invites me cordially for dinner, even if with a provocative smile. I understand why, he…

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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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