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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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Trust That Works

This article was written by Paul Van Mele and originally published on the Agro-Insight website. Paul Van Mele is the director of Agro-Insight, an enterprise that merges expertise from science, communications and graphic design to support sustainable agriculture and equitable trade. Business relationships must be based…

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Looking for greener pastures: African youth and their future jobs

This article was written by Marije Balt and originally published for INCLUDE. Marije Balt is managing director at SpringFactor Research & Consultancy, an advisory group dedicated to support effective engagement in post-conflict countries (http://www.springfactor.org/). Young men sitting idle beside the road, waiting for work is an all…

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Meki Batu Union’ s vegetable shops re-opened!

Written by Hiwot Shimeles, BoP Specialist Ethiopia Only six months ago Meki Batu Union (MBU) thought making profit with their retail vegetable outlets was nearly impossible. The Union faced several challenges when running these shops, from getting accurate and timely market information to managing employees and…

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Angus Deaton – Nobel Prize winner

By Arno Maatman, Project Director of 2SCALE. Angus Deaton is the Dwight D. Eisenhower professor of economics and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. I didn’t know this, I looked it up on Wikipedia. But I do know…

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Searching for rough diamonds

Written by Frank Kitonga, BoP Marketing Specialist Since I started my work for 2SCALE one of the things that has caught me is the need to use a tool, e.g. business model canvas, to help local companies developing winning business strategies. Whilst that is true…

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Inclusive business in beer: 2SCALE’s support to local sourcing for breweries

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE. Seven partnerships in the portfolio of 2SCALE focus – at least partially – on local sourcing for breweries.. We partner with SOCIA for instance, a medium-sized company in Benin that produces maize-grits (which looks like very tiny couscous) for…

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