Benin

 

DENIS GNAKPENOU – IN MEMORIAM

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE, with Mathias Ahounou, Cluster Advisor Benin, Lawani Bello, HR Officer, Mahamane Toure, Communication Officer, and Raphaël Vogelsperger, Deputy CoP and regional coordinator West Africa. “We’ve ended up working in areas that are further away and poorer that we would…

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Innovations Liberate Women Farmers

With a potential income of $1300 per hectare (ha), achievable over a production cycle of 10 to 14 months, pineapple production provides a profitable opportunity for thousands of Beninese small-scale producers, especially those who, like Sylvie Affon-Amonmi, provide fresh pineapple at Promo Fruits, leader of…

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Taking Vegetable Production 2SCALE

52-year-old Bernadette Sossou is a vegetable farmer and member of the of Green Fingers Farmers’ Cooperative (COMADOV) in Grand Popo, Benin. She is the head of her household and mother of six children. “For me and for many vegetable growers in Benin, the biggest challenge…

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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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Natural juice reaches BoP consumers on a bike in Benin

By Rosanna Martucci, Junior Professional at BoP Inc. Promo Fruit is a fruit processing company based in Allada, in the Southern part of Benin. Fresh fruits, mainly pineapples, are supplied by 3700 farmers in the area, organised in the IRA cooperative. The juice the company produces…

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2SCALE Facilitates Credit Agreement Between Promo Fruits and Oikocredit

700 Million FCFA (EUR 1,067,142) Available to Improve Factory Operations and Scale Up Plastic Mulching Technology. Through 2SCALE intermediation, the Netherlands cooperative society Oikocredit and Promo Fruits, the largest juice processor in Benin, signed a new credit agreement in the amount of 700 million FCFA…

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Everybody deserves a great product design!

In Benin we work with processing company Promo Fruits. Promo Fruits processes fresh pineapple into pure pineapple juice for the local and regional market under the brand IRA. One of the main challenges for Promo Fruits is the little control they have over their product once it leaves…

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Collective sales: A matter of trust

While they remain the main actors in agricultural value chains, small producers are not necessarily those that derive the main profit, mainly due to their low negotiation capacities. This position smallholder farmers find themselves in is a direct consequence of the trust deficit within farmer…

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There is a way for the poor

Jacques Tchekou (38) is the Operations Manager at Association de Lutte pour la Promotion des Initiatives de Dévelopment (ALIDé), a microfinance institution established in Benin in 2006, with the goal to offer products and financial services labeled as socially responsible. In Fon language, ALIDé literally…

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How will we feed the growing cities?

Nda Danielle, 32, holds a license degree in Marketing, and has been involved in vegetable production since 2011. She is now General Secretary of  l’Association des Maraîchers de la commune d’Abomey-Calavi, southern Benin, where 2SCALE supports a vegetable partnership driven by East-West Seed International (EWIT)….

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