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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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The Prime PREMA Onion: Farmers Off- Season’s Companion

Written by Samuel Ofoe, vegetable partnership facilitator in Ghana.  Are you aware that onion farming is an intrinsic culture of smallholder farmers in the Garu-Tempane district in eastern Ghana? About 20,000 households earn their income with growing this vegetable. As a hub for onion cultivation, the upper…

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Opportunity to Invest in the Dairy Industry in Uganda

Written by Janet Macharia, BoP Innovation Specialist.  The Mbarara district in western Uganda is the home of the future largest milk processing plant from Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperative Union (UCCCU). UCCCU was registered as a Limited Co-operative Union in 2005, with a handful of farmers who…

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Sonday Ojo’s story: How a Local Farmer’s Family Landed a Guaranteed Short Time Income Source

My name is Sunday Ojo, and I live in one of the most remote villages in Oyo. Even with hard work and bumper harvests, my cassava and maize farm has never paid off due to glut and market forces such as middlemen and unattractive prices….

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Tomato Gold: The Story of Faith Okeyedun

My name is Faith Okeyedun, and I had the opportunity to be enrolled in school thanks to my parents’ meager income. They worked hard so that I could have an education, but our joy was short-lived due to my lack of employment. I opted to…

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