Blogs

 

4 Ways to Attract Youth to Agribusiness

Thompson Ogunsanmi, 2SCALE country agribusiness advisor in Nigeria, has a background in agronomy and 15 years of field experience in entrepreneurship and value chain development. Nigeria needs to feed its growing cities, which is a huge opportunity for young agri-preneurs. But despite many comparative advantages, youth…

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Managing Expectations

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE A few months ago, I was slowly walking in Kasese, a small town in the Western Region of Uganda, close to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in between the Rwenzori mountains and the lake George. I was looking…

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The Launch of Inganci TomBrown: A popular porridge in Nigeria

Blog written by Kwame Ntim Pipim, BoP Marketing & Distribution Expert Tom brown is a typical Nigerian porridge that is easy to prepare and contains essential nutrients. The raw materials for the production are available in rural Nigeria, which offers great opportunities for its production…

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A healthy forecast for soybean processors: Improving profitability chunk by chunk

Written by Désiré Falade, BoP Innovation expert 2SCALE Farming is business in Benin. The agri-food sector makes up a big chunk of the Beninese economy. At the same time, much of the agricultural activity is still focused on primary production, adding less value to the…

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Side-selling

Written by Arno Maatman, Project Director SCALE Soumaïla Coulibaly, the charismatic director and founder of the Société Promotion du Sésame du Mali (PROSEMA), is supplying 50 million FCFA (a little more than 75,000 Euro) worth of sesame seeds and other agro-inputs to farmers, to encourage…

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From getting it right, to getting it sold

Written by Niek van Dijk, Inclusive Agribusiness expert 2SCALE The farmer that starts working the field early in the morning, the mine worker preparing for a hard day’s work, the kid that is getting ready for school. They all need a good start of the…

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Public-private partnerships: For better or for worse

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE In 2014 2SCALE signed a partnership agreement with SOLAGROW to embark on an ambitious program that would upgrade the farming systems of at least 6,000 potato growers, in the woredas* of Bilo, Yebaragn and Warqate in Ethiopia. The partnership…

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Branding for Ethiopian vegetable farmers? Of course!

Written by Nick van der Velde, Marketing & Distribution expert Although a branding workshop might not be directly associated with a farmer group, it’s proven to be highly relevant for the Ethiopian vegetable farmers’ union Meki Batu Union (MBU). In collaboration with 2SCALE, the farmers’…

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From cassava to beer, roots to empowerment

This article was written by Toon Defoer and originally published on the ICRA website. Toon Defoer is Senior Agribusiness Advisor at ICRA and leads 2SCALE’s capacity strengthening component. “We got a loan at 9%!”, Nasiru, a cassava producer, yells. He waves proudly his dossier as he leaves a…

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When coaching pays off: From conflict to cooperation

This article was written by Toon Defoer and originally published on the ICRA website. Toon Defoer is Senior Agribusiness Advisor at ICRA and leads 2SCALE’s capacity strengthening component. I opened the window to have a closer look, as I could not believe my eyes. “Look at that truck,…

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