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Magical Mushrooms

The mushroom business in Ghana is booming, thanks largely to training, market linkages and association-building by 2SCALE and its partners. Very few crops can compare with mushrooms in terms of profitability or suitability for smallholder production. It can be produced three times a year on…

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Clean Veggies, Green Veggies

Feleku Dubale is 35, a mother of four, and part of a unique agribusiness experiment in Ethiopia. She works for the Meki Batu fruit and vegetable cooperative near the capital Addis Ababa. Support from 2SCALE project has helped the Meki Batu expand membership, improve yields…

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From Cotton to Cooking Oil

The Nyakatonzi Cooperative, one of Uganda’s largest cotton producers, is using 2SCALE expertise to brand its newest product: cottonseed cooking oil. The Nyakatonzi cooperative aggregates cotton from its 15,000 members for processing and resale. The cooperative has been a 2SCALE partner since 2015 and the…

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DENIS GNAKPENOU – IN MEMORIAM

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE, with Mathias Ahounou, Cluster Advisor Benin, Lawani Bello, HR Officer, Mahamane Toure, Communication Officer, and Raphaël Vogelsperger, Deputy CoP and regional coordinator West Africa. “We’ve ended up working in areas that are further away and poorer that we would…

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Using Charcoal to Cool instead of Heat

Technology innovation is helping dairy farmers in Kenya keep their milk fresh, even without refrigerators or electricity. Milk collection logistics are a major challenge for both farmers and processors in Kenya. Cows are generally milked twice a day, in the morning and in the evening….

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Innovations Liberate Women Farmers

With a potential income of $1300 per hectare (ha), achievable over a production cycle of 10 to 14 months, pineapple production provides a profitable opportunity for thousands of Beninese small-scale producers, especially those who, like Sylvie Affon-Amonmi, provide fresh pineapple at Promo Fruits, leader of…

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Taking Vegetable Production 2SCALE

52-year-old Bernadette Sossou is a vegetable farmer and member of the of Green Fingers Farmers’ Cooperative (COMADOV) in Grand Popo, Benin. She is the head of her household and mother of six children. “For me and for many vegetable growers in Benin, the biggest challenge…

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Building Loyalty: Does Trust Require Control?

Written by Youssouf Traore, Partnership Facilitator in Mali (maize, potatoes, cassava). Societé Nama et Fils (SONAF) is one of the largest dry grain marketing companies in the Sikasso region in Mali. Its annual demand for yellow maize has been around 30,000 tons, but until 2014…

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Natural Juice, Lower Prices and Delivery at BoP Consumers’ Doorsteps: IRA Juice!

Written by Rosanna Martucci, Project Officer Food Security It is 8AM and trucks and cars are parked in the courtyard of Promo Fruits’ processing plant in Allada, Benin, waiting to be unloaded of large amounts of pineapples. The same cars will soon leave empty, directed…

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Firms and Farmers: The Long Way to Loyalty

Written by Baba Togola, Cluster Advisoy for 2SCALE in Mali and facilitator of the sesame partnership in Mali.  Amadou Hampâté Bâ, the Malian writer and ethnologist from Bandiagara, once said: “There is my truth and there is your truth, and those will never meet. The truth is in…

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