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New horizons for Novos Horizontes

It’s not easy to make a business out of poultry meat in Mozambique. Despite the serious and growing market demand, there is strong competition from imported meat, both close by (South-Africa) as well as far away (Europe). One of the local companies that has managed…

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All good things come to an end

The approach of 2SCALE is such that we foresee our collaboration with partners to have a beginning, and an end. Steering towards having an “exit strategy” for each partnership is not easy for everybody involved, but important to work on to make for a sustainable…

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Building integrated business support services

The role of advisors in agribusiness is ever changing. Whereas conventional advisors mainly work with farmers, 2SCALE turned these intermediaries into coaches of local business partnerships in a particular value chain. As this shift showed impressive results, such as the embedding of support costs within…

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Killing two birds with one stone: Serving the community at a Profit

Kenya’s economy is flourishing, with a steady 6% growth in 2016 according to the African Development Bank. At the same time, many Kenyan, especially at the BoP, do not yet see this growth materialize into having access to a nutritious meal. That’s why 2SCALE is…

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Trust me!

2SCALE helps build business relationships. But trust is essential in any business relationship – so have we also helped to build trust? And can we measure improvements in trust? A team from Wageningen University used a combination of interviews and behavioral economic games to measure…

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Sorghum beer

The partnership between farmer unions and Meta Beer (subsidiary of Diageo) has completed its first phase, and arrangements are being finalized for an expanded second phase. This partnership, brokered by 2SCALE, is a landmark for two reasons: the first time sorghum is being used as…

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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), networks of sesame collectors, leaders of 120 producer’s organizations currently in the restructuring phase in cooperatives,…

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More partners, more milk

The dairy partnership in Ethiopia is expanding, with the addition of dairy processor Etete. The business model, successfully established with Alema Koudijs Feeds (AKF) and Family Milk, is being scale out to new areas with Etete. Four new clusters have been established in North Shewa…

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Maize: a yellow revolution in motion

Djènèba Sanogo is a member of the “Sinignèsigui” cooperative located in Loulouni in southern Mali. She is also one of the 240 women who received an input credit, facilitated by 2SCALE, through an off-take contract with Société Nama et Fils (SONAF), a company that sells…

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Not by technology and money alone

The importance of strengthening functional capacity in agribusiness partnerships Smallholder farmers and related business actors in the value chain need strong business relationships and networks and a deeper understanding of how value chains and markets work. Functional capacities give them the skills and confidence that…

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