Ethiopia

 

New Business and Marketing Strategies for Meki Batu Union

In the first week of June the business & marketing strategies for 2SCALE partner Meki Batu Union (MBU) were approved by its board members. MBU is a vegetable and fruit growers’ cooperative union in Ethiopia with nearly 8000 farmer members. The partnership with 2SCALE is helping farmers to maximize…

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Million dollar maize for babies

GUTS Agro, a processing firm and our private sector partner in Ethiopia, started sourcing maize and soybeans worth of $1.2 million from 2SCALE clusters. The company signed contracts with two farmer unions, Sidama Elto for maize and Hunde Chewaka for soybeans. Guts Agro committed itself…

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First result Ethiopian research project

In January we reported on the start of new research projects in Ethiopia and Kenya in the 2SCALE program. The collected insights will result in changes in the supply chain in BoP markets. The first research resulted in an innovative credit system for procurement of…

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Reaching Ethiopian and Kenyan BoP consumers in agribusiness markets

A large number of farmers and local SMEs connected to the 2Scale program consider the high-end markets as the ‘holy grail’  in their business development efforts. They tend to overlook the opportunity of tapping into the vast market potential that is available at the Base of…

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High-Value Vegetables

Ethiopia’s Central Rift Valley offers great conditions (soil, temperature, rainfall) for growing vegetables, but small-scale producers face production and especially marketing challenges. That could soon change − new agribusiness clusters are confident that with better seeds and training, they can improve volumes and quality, and…

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Rhizobium Boosts Soybean Yields

Yields of legume crops can be substantially increased by ‘inoculating’ plants with Rhizobium bacteria – cheap, effective and environmentally friendly. Rhizobium encourages the growth of specialized root nodules that enable the plant to fix nitrogen, in effect making its own fertilizer. In 2013, 2SCALE and…

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Open sesame!

Sesame is big business in Ethiopia. A new partnership between government agencies (notably, the Humera and Gonder research centers), 2SCALE and the Sesame Business Network will help it grow even bigger. The new initiative brings together two consortia – the Sesame Business Network and the…

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