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Drink to sorghum!

Sesame is big business in northern Ethiopia, generating huge export revenues but also draining soil nutrients through continuous monoculture. One solution is to rotate sesame with other crops such as sorghum. Until recently, few farmers were willing to rotate, simply because there was no market…

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Making Milk Markets Work

A partnership with two private firms – dairy processor Family Milk (which buys raw milk from farmers) and feed manufacturer AKF – is helping to gradually expand production and sales of milk and yogurt in Ethiopia. The approach is to help small-scale dairy farmers secure…

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4 Ways to Attract Youth to Agribusiness

Thompson Ogunsanmi, 2SCALE country agribusiness advisor in Nigeria, has a background in agronomy and 15 years of field experience in entrepreneurship and value chain development. Nigeria needs to feed its growing cities, which is a huge opportunity for young agri-preneurs. But despite many comparative advantages, youth…

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Transforming the Sesame Business in Mali

Farm gate prices of sesame in Mali have increased six-fold in the past seven years, fueled by export demand. Yet, production is not growing quickly enough, and Malian processors and exporters are unable to source sufficient quantities. “Europe and especially China have millions of new…

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Feeding the Big Cities: A Complex Opportunity for Small Vegetable Producers

Mali has one of the fastest rates of urbanization in Africa (5.08 percent per year), and Bamako, like many West African capitals, has become a huge food market, driven by three constants: Rapidly increasing population growth (from 3 to 15 million since 1960), a growing…

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Empowered Women Drive Economies – Creating a friendly business environment for women

Did you know? In the regions of Gao and Segou in Mali, less than 5 percent of land managers are women, but more than 30 percent of these women are head of households, often widows, responsible for food, healthcare, and school fees for their children….

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Natural juice reaches BoP consumers on a bike in Benin

By Rosanna Martucci, Junior Professional at BoP Inc. Promo Fruit is a fruit processing company based in Allada, in the Southern part of Benin. Fresh fruits, mainly pineapples, are supplied by 3700 farmers in the area, organised in the IRA cooperative. The juice the company produces…

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Supply chains for soybean

RECO Industries, a large-scale soybean processor in Uganda, sought 2SCALE assistance in strengthening its supply chain. One year later, the results are clearly visible. More than 10,000 smallholder farmers have been ‘recruited’, of whom 4,000 have been trained in modern production methods. Volumes and quality…

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The dairy sector – upwards in Uganda

A new partnership with one of Uganda‘s largest dairy cooperatives will draw on 2SCALE experience in Kenya and Ethiopia to create new opportunities for farmers as well as processors. Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperative Union signed a partnership agreement in July, outlining an ambitious program for…

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Adding value to oilseeds

The 15,000-member Nyakatonzi cooperative in Uganda is improving value addition and boosting profits. The cotton cooperative is investing in new oil extraction equipment (co-funded by 2SCALE) that will allow it to process cotton and several types of oilseeds. More than 3,000 farmers are currently involved,…

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