Kenya

 

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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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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Precision Fertilizers

Rice farmers in multiple countries are working with 2SCALE experts to test and promote fertilizer deep placement (FDP). It’s an innovative, easy-to-use technology that enables farmers to increase rice yields by 15-20 percent while using 30 percent less fertilizer. In Kenya, the FDP program is led…

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