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Engidu Legesse is hungry for change. He should be: His company GUTS Agro in Ethiopia specializes in low-cost, nutritious food products. Early July GUTS launched Supermom’s, a corn-soya blend for young children and mothers-to-be. Legesse spoke to us about his ideas and the company’s future plans. What…

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Supermom’s on tricycles

Ethiopian food processing company GUTS Agro has launched a product never made before in Ethiopia – an affordable, highly nutritious corn-soya blend for young children and expectant and nursing mothers, called Supermom’s. Supermom’s is made from maize and soybeans produced by 2SCALE farmer groups, is…

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New Business and Marketing Strategies for Meki Batu Union

In the first week of June the business & marketing strategies for 2SCALE partner Meki Batu Union (MBU) were approved by its board members. MBU is a vegetable and fruit growers’ cooperative union in Ethiopia with nearly 8000 farmer members. The partnership with 2SCALE is helping farmers to maximize…

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Is the dairy sector in Nigeria changing for the better?

Is FrieslandCampina Wamco changing the Nigerian dairy sector for better? We asked Salihu Abdullahi, a Fulani community livestock worker in the Bali local government of Oyo State in Nigeria. Abdullahi works with FrieslandCampina Wamco both as fresh milk supplier and as representative of Bali milk…

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Soybean makes both men and women happy

Since 2000 farmers of Zogbodomey – a commune in the Zou Department of southern Benin –are growing soybean as an alternative for cotton. The agribusiness cluster was supported by 2SCALE with the construction of a stable partnership that resulted into several successes for both men…

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Major growth spurt of sorghum in Kenya

Sorghum production in Kenya is set to expand rapidly, following a recent government decision to roll back taxes on sorghum beer. To help stakeholders take full advantage of the new opportunities, 2SCALE hosted a meeting of industry stakeholders, aiming to create business linkages and introduce…

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Microcredits to smallholders can bring about huge changes

“The time has come for making African agriculture and agribusiness a catalyst for ending poverty,” stated Makhtar Diop, Vice President of the World Bank for the Africa Region back in 2013. But how? We talked with Mr. Hounkposso Dieudionné, agricultural entrepreneur and President of l’Association des Maraîchers de la…

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New seed potatoes improve yields of smallholders in Kenya

Agrico is a co-operative enterprise of 850 private farmers and is exclusively focused on breeding, production and marketing of seed and ware potatoes. After the Kenyan and Dutch government reached bilateral agreements on phytosanitary regulations, variety testing and protection, Agrico established a subsidiary in Nairobi:…

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Doing business with women gives better economic benefits

Operating in Ségou (Mali, Office du Niger) and key player in the onion agribusiness cluster supported by 2SCALE in this region, Mahamadou Nantoumé is the representing director of Toguna SA, the largest company within the agricultural inputs industry in Mali. For this young but prudent trader,…

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2Scale connects Psaltry and Nigerian Breweries to increase local sourcing

On June 4, Oluyemisi Iranloye, CEO of 2SCALE partner Psaltry International, delivered a speech at the AgriFood Top in Wageningen, the Netherlands. She explained the companies’ new strategy to increase local sourcing of cassava. Psaltry processes the locally sourced cassava into starch, and sells it…

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