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Agriculture as a Business: From Poverty to Power

By Ndukuba Chika, vegetable partnership facilitator. Notwithstanding the oil sector, which has driven the Nigerian economy over the past 50 years, the agriculture sector appears to be the most promising sector of the country’s economy. It is feeding the nation’s rising population, supporting its GDP,…

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Planting Hope with Crop Rotation

Written by Hiwot Shimeles, BoP Marketing Specialist The farms in Amhara and Tigray Regions of North Western part of Ethiopia have become well known for production of sesame in the past decade. Sessame has become one of the top export commodities of the country. Despite high cost of…

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Mrs. Monica Maigari: An award-winning Local Soybean Processor in Madakiya

Monica Maigari was chosen to participate in the 2016 Oxfam conference as a Female Food Hero because of her contribution to food security in the Madakiya community of Nigeria. The Female Food Hero Contest recognizes the achievement of women smallholders and gives them a platform to…

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Feeding the Big Cities: Small Rice Parboilers in the Great Battle of Rice Markets

Because of its affordability, taste, ease and speed of preparation (compared to sorghum and millet), rice has become the preferred cereal of urban consumers in West Africa. It’s expected that urban consumers will account for 70% of the total population of West Africa by 2050, compared…

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Nyakatonzi is Getting Started on a New Product Portfolio

This post is a follow up of Arno Maatman’s (chief of party) earlier post on Nyakatonzi, written by Nick van der Velde, BoP Marketing & Distribution Expert.  Last summer, 2SCALE visited cotton cooperative Nyakatonzi in Uganda to develop a product and marketing strategy for the new cotton-seed…

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Farming for Profit: College Graduate Yusuf Monimago Turns to Agriculture

My name is Yusuf Monimago from Kwara State, North Central Nigeria. I have a background in public administration at Kwara State Polytechnic, and I also trained for one year on commercial agriculture in Kwara State University. During this training program, I developed the desire to…

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2SCALE and CropLife launched the first network of Spray Service Providers in Mali

Safe and responsible use of pesticides has three agreed benefits: better quality agricultural products, better yields and lower environmental impact. Following these three goals, 2SCALE and the CropLife Mali launched the first promotion of specialized Spray Services Providers (SSPs). The pilot project involved a group…

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The Times They Are A Changin’ – The Dairy Sector in Nigeria

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE November last year I was sitting on a bench in Alaga, Nigeria, calmly enjoying the life that was going on around me. The school, with the children staring outside at the visitors, the young men walking back and forth…

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Introducing Novos Horizontes: Inclusive Business in Mozambique

Written by Janet Macharia, BoP Marketing Specialist.  Mozambique is a country that can be considered ‘challenging’ when doing business, especially after the currency drop last year. Also for the 2SCALE program, getting some of the partnership started was a challenge that we celebrated with a…

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Making ‘noise’ to reach the BoP consumer

Written by Kwame Ntim Pipim – BoP Marketing Expert West-Africa In December 2016, a successful market activation campaign for Inganci Tom Brown was organized in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The group of female groundnut processors who produce the Inganci Tom Brown are part of 2SCALE’s groundnut…

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