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Natural Juice, Lower Prices and Delivery at BoP Consumers’ Doorsteps: IRA Juice!

Written by Rosanna Martucci, Project Officer Food Security It is 8AM and trucks and cars are parked in the courtyard of Promo Fruits’ processing plant in Allada, Benin, waiting to be unloaded of large amounts of pineapples. The same cars will soon leave empty, directed…

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Firms and Farmers: The Long Way to Loyalty

Written by Baba Togola, Cluster Advisoy for 2SCALE in Mali and facilitator of the sesame partnership in Mali.  Amadou Hampâté Bâ, the Malian writer and ethnologist from Bandiagara, once said: “There is my truth and there is your truth, and those will never meet. The truth is in…

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The Prime PREMA Onion: Farmers Off- Season’s Companion

Written by Samuel Ofoe, vegetable partnership facilitator in Ghana.  Are you aware that onion farming is an intrinsic culture of smallholder farmers in the Garu-Tempane district in eastern Ghana? About 20,000 households earn their income with growing this vegetable. As a hub for onion cultivation, the upper…

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Opportunity to Invest in the Dairy Industry in Uganda

Written by Janet Macharia, BoP Innovation Specialist.  The Mbarara district in western Uganda is the home of the future largest milk processing plant from Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperative Union (UCCCU). UCCCU was registered as a Limited Co-operative Union in 2005, with a handful of farmers who…

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Agriculture as a Business: From Poverty to Power

By Ndukuba Chika, vegetable partnership facilitator. Notwithstanding the oil sector, which has driven the Nigerian economy over the past 50 years, the agriculture sector appears to be the most promising sector of the country’s economy. It is feeding the nation’s rising population, supporting its GDP,…

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Planting Hope with Crop Rotation

Written by Hiwot Shimeles, BoP Marketing Specialist The farms in Amhara and Tigray Regions of North Western part of Ethiopia have become well known for production of sesame in the past decade. Sessame has become one of the top export commodities of the country. Despite high cost of…

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Nyakatonzi is Getting Started on a New Product Portfolio

This post is a follow up of Arno Maatman’s (chief of party) earlier post on Nyakatonzi, written by Nick van der Velde, BoP Marketing & Distribution Expert.  Last summer, 2SCALE visited cotton cooperative Nyakatonzi in Uganda to develop a product and marketing strategy for the new cotton-seed…

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The Times They Are A Changin’ – The Dairy Sector in Nigeria

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE November last year I was sitting on a bench in Alaga, Nigeria, calmly enjoying the life that was going on around me. The school, with the children staring outside at the visitors, the young men walking back and forth…

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Making ‘noise’ to reach the BoP consumer

Written by Kwame Ntim Pipim – BoP Marketing Expert West-Africa In December 2016, a successful market activation campaign for Inganci Tom Brown was organized in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The group of female groundnut processors who produce the Inganci Tom Brown are part of 2SCALE’s groundnut…

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Inclusive Innovation in the Soybean Sector in Ghana

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE Rose Mbo, a proud good-laughing woman, figures prominently in our most recent annual publication of the 2SCALE program. On that picture, she is cutting and frying the soya cheese, to make the soy-kebabs that are sold at schools, and…

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