Kenya

 

Sticky traps for bugs

Environment-friendly pesticides are helping tomato farmers fight the notorious Tuta moth. Partnership with the Dutch firm Koppert Bilogic Systems is helping to protect tomato crops in Kenya from two major threats: the moth Tuta absoluta, which can wipe out crops entirely; and bacterial wilt disease….

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A bigger voice for farmers

Three new partnership agreements were signed recently with private companies: Shalem Investments in Kenya and Agromaco and ACOF in Mozambique. Shalem purchases sorghum from more than 9,000 farmers, and is launching new ‘fortified’ sorghum flour products that will further expand market opportunities for small-scale producers….

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Got milk?

Twelve dairy cooperatives in Western Kenya and the Rift Valley – more than 15,000 farmers – have joined 2SCALE. A series of workshops, training programs and field visits between September and November 2015 have helped expand market linkages, introduce new dairy technologies, and roll out…

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Quantitative research enables us to compare various types of innovation

Christopher Foster is currently lecturing ICT and innovation at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this he worked as a researcher at the University of Oxford (2013-2015), exploring the impacts of broadband internet in East Africa. He achieved his PhD from the University of Manchester (2009 –…

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From teaching school kids to empowering smallholder farmers

On October 27 we will organize the conference ‘Food for thought: Made in Africa, for Africa’. We invited Ruth Kinoti, director of Shalem Investments, as one of the speakers at the event – the Kenyan company is one of the partners in the 2SCALE program….

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Software solutions for supply chain management

2SCALE promotes innovation in diverse forms, including tools that help agribusinesses become more efficient. In Kenya, a private IT firm is helping to roll out E-Prod, a proprietary software for supply chain management. E-Prod is designed for companies that contract large numbers of suppliers, in…

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Major growth spurt of sorghum in Kenya

Sorghum production in Kenya is set to expand rapidly, following a recent government decision to roll back taxes on sorghum beer. To help stakeholders take full advantage of the new opportunities, 2SCALE hosted a meeting of industry stakeholders, aiming to create business linkages and introduce…

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New seed potatoes improve yields of smallholders in Kenya

Agrico is a co-operative enterprise of 850 private farmers and is exclusively focused on breeding, production and marketing of seed and ware potatoes. After the Kenyan and Dutch government reached bilateral agreements on phytosanitary regulations, variety testing and protection, Agrico established a subsidiary in Nairobi:…

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From fruit to potato

Last week a delegation of Kevian Kenya Ltd. – the largest juice processor in East and Central Africa – visited the Netherlands to learn more about potato processing, storage, packaging and financing. We talked with Richard Kimani Rugendo (director), Esther Mwihaki (CEO) and Peter Kinyanjui Kimani…

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2SCALE partner wins international award

Shalem Investments, a sorghum trading and processing firm in Kenya, has won the EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award. This was announced last week at the EMRC Agribusiness Forum in Kinshasa, DRC. Two of the five finalists were 2SCALE partners – Shalem and CB Farm Fresh, a…

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