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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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Soy, chickens and more

2SCALE’s soybean work in Mozambique goes beyond technologies and markets. Our goal is to build a partnership that creates opportunities all along the value chain. This partnership began with one cluster in Malema district, Nampula province. Today it involves 10,000 farmers (6,500 women) in Nampula…

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Action research

What makes a good partnership? How to make a good partnership better? An action-research program led by the Partnerships Resource Centre in Rotterdam is helping to find the answers. The research provides insights on how the design and structure of partnership arrangements contribute to (or…

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Sharing insights – the 2SCALE-KIT write-shop

2SCALE partnerships involve 556,000 farmers, 1,500 farmer cooperatives and 1,300 small businesses in nine countries. How best can we share the lessons learned, for potential application by other development projects? In June this year, we launched a new initiative with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)…

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