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Brokering the brokers

Brokers and middlemen have terrible reputations – but they are critical in any value chain involving smallholder farmers. Bulk buyers do not visit individual farms (or even cooperatives) because the quantities offered are usually small. Instead, they rely on brokers or aggregators. These brokers have…

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Business Development Forum on Sesame from Mali: A decisive step towards competitiveness

The 2SCALE-facilitated Sesame Business Development Forum held 16-19 May 2017, a multi-stakeholder diagnosis and planning forum designed by ICRA, brought together the company Promotion du Sesame au Mali (PROSEMA), the networks of sesame collectors, leaders of 120 producer’s organizations currently in the restructuring phase in…

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Elephant Vert Joins 2SCALE to Develop Farmers Academy with SPAR in Nigeria

SPAR is the world’s leading voluntary food retail chain. It is an international group of independently owned and operated retailers/wholesalers working in partnership under the SPAR brand to provide a high quality, value for money shopping experience. SPAR International is represented in 4 continents and…

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Distributing Yedent Maisoyforte Tombrown with ‘Koko’ Sellers as Indigenous Partners

Written by Kwame Ntim Pipim, BoP Marketing Expert.  One of the pillars in any marketing strategy is efficiency in delivering products and services to the end consumer at the right place and time. This means the distribution mechanism needs to be cost-effective and must deliver products…

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#HeForShe: 2SCALE and AgriProFocus Celebrate Men Who Empower Women

Less than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent serve as heads of household responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees for their children. Because of their social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region, 2SCALE prioritizes strengthening women’s economic…

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Cash from Cassava

In Nigeria, smallholder cassava farmers have a huge new market, thanks to a woman entrepreneur, Dutch multinationals, and 2SCALE. Until recently, cassava was the stereotypical smallholder crop, grown on small plots for family consumption. 2SCALE’s partnerships with cassava processor Psaltry International (an award-winning, woman-headed firm)…

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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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