Nigeria

 

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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Maize clusters in Nigeria

Two new maize clusters in southwest Nigeria are now operating at full throttle. The Oyo and Ogbomoso clusters together include 750 farmers cultivating 1,400 hectares of maize. Three new partners have brought in new ideas and new technologies. The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture offers…

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2SCALE Goes to Harvard

AACE Foods, a key 2SCALE partner in Nigeria, has been featured in the alumni bulletin of Harvard Business School. The company, founded by Ndidi and Mezuo Nwuneli, buys and processes fresh ginger, pepper and soybeans from 2SCALE agribusiness clusters, and processes it for sale to…

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Togo – Leaving a Legacy

In May 2014, 2SCALE phased out activities in Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo − on schedule and as planned. Achievements, lessons learned, the phase-out process… here’s a summary for Togo. The number of project-supported agribusiness clusters was progressively reduced, and the portfolio targeted to strengthen…

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New Partnership with Heineken

The cassava sector in Nigeria is expected to grow dramatically, following a Memorandum of Understanding signed in June between Nigerian Breweries (the country’s largest beer producer, and a subsidiary of global giant Heineken), IFDC and cassava processor Psaltry International. Guests at the signing included Lilianne…

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Friesland and the Fulani

FrieslandCampina Wamco, Nigeria’s largest producer of dairy products, uses mostly imported milk powder because local supplies of fresh milk are unreliable. 2SCALE is using its community mobilization skills to help the company source more milk locally. Traditional pastoralists from the Fulani community produce 70 percent…

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SOYBEANS: PROTEIN PLUS PROFIT

It’s 40 percent protein, 20 percent oil, and nearly 100 percent profit. Farm cooperatives in Nigeria are expanding soybean production, using high-yielding varieties, modern crop management methods and collective action to get higher yields and better prices. The Madakiya area in Kaduna state has always…

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Pilot Dairies in Nigeria

Action research in Nigeria’s Oyo state is helping small-scale dairy producers to improve animal health and milk yields. The research program is one component of a broad-ranging partnership between the Nigerian government, dairy firm FrieslandCampina Wamco and 2SCALE. We began with a 3-month pilot program,…

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Friesland and the Fulani

FrieslandCampina Wamco, Nigeria’s largest producer of dairy products, uses mostly imported milk powder because local supplies of fresh milk are unreliable. 2SCALE is using its community mobilization skills to help the company source more milk locally. Traditional pastoralists from the Fulani community produce 70 percent of Nigeria’s milk, but rarely…

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