Kenya

 

Chilly or Hot?

Farming a quarter-acre plot, in an area with poor rainfall and low- nutrient soils, can never be profitable. Or can it? Partnerships mediated by 2SCALE are transforming livelihoods in some of the poorest areas in Kenya. More than 7,000 farmers have signed contracts with Equator…

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Scaling-up Sorghum

Sorghum was once an ‘orphan crop’ in Kenya, grown mostly by poor families for home consumption. Today, sorghum farmers in three counties (Meru, Tharaka-Nithi and Kitui) have gone commercial, with help from 2SCALE and Shalem Investments, a Kenyan commodities trading firm. Shalem buys sorghum on…

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IFDC Receives Accreditation

IFDC is now formally accredited with the government of Kenya – we say ‘formally’ because IFDC has worked closely with government ministries, NGOs and private sector partners in Kenya since the 1990s. The accreditation, signed in June, will strengthen the implementation of 2SCALE and other…

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Chilies – red hot markets

More than 5,000 small-scale farmers in coastal Kenya have signed contracts with a large private firm to produce chilies for export to Europe. The key to this partnership – mediated by 2SCALE – is the use of low-cost, water-efficient drip irrigation systems to guarantee high…

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What Food, at what Price?

Insights from a study of base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) households in Ghana and Kenya are helping to design strategies to deliver low-cost, high-quality food products to the poorest consumers. The study was led by 2SCALE partner BoPInc. Researchers interviewed more than 1,500 people in the two countries…

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Potatoes for profit

The first 2SCALE agribusiness clusters in East Africa were launched in Kenya in December 2012. Farmers in Meru County, in the foothills of Mount Kenya, have set up three clusters to grow high-quality potatoes for sale to a processor in Nairobi. The clusters include over…

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Fertilizer Partnerships in Kenya

2SCALE is helping Kenyan rice farmers become more competitive, increasing yields while reducing production costs. One key innovation is fertilizer deep placement (FDP).  Instead of being broadcast in powder form, fertilizer is compressed into briquettes that can be precisely placed in the soil. FDP enables…

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Coaching the Coaches

Agribusiness coaches for 2SCALE Kenya are now fully equipped, after intensive training during 2013 and 2014. They are working with farmers, produce buyers and other partners to make sure all elements are in place for the cropping season that began in November. Every 2SCALE agribusiness…

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Sweeter than Sugar

In Kenya, 2SCALE agribusiness clusters are producing Stevia – a natural, low-calorie sweetener whose leaves are 30 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia cultivation, formerly restricted to one small region, has expanded to four new areas (Bungoma, Meru, Nandi, Transmara) around the Rift Valley. The first producer groups were developed in December 2012…

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