News

 

Citrus: an additional premium of $200

The citrus partnership driven by Fruittiland aims to source 104,000 tons of citrus per annum from 4,000 smallholders (2,400 men and 1,600 women) by 2017. The farmers involved were trained in post-harvest handling, plantation maintenance and farming as a business, resulting in a significant turnaround…

Read More

AACE Foods opens new factory

AACE Foods is buying a broad variety of crops directly from smallholder farmers to produce flour, spices and other products. As a development partner of the 2SCALE program, AACE Foods introduces technological innovations such as solar dryers in its processes and links farmers to micro…

Read More

Heineken seizes inclusive growth opportunities in Nigeria

Nigerian Breweries Plc, a full subsidiary of Heineken and the leading Nigerian brewery, signed a partnership agreement with Psaltry International Company Ltd and IFDC (the International Fertilizer Development Center) to source cassava locally. Heineken, Psaltry and IFDC Partner to Enhance Cassava Productivity This partnership strengthens…

Read More

Reaching Ethiopian and Kenyan BoP consumers in agribusiness markets

A large number of farmers and local SMEs connected to the 2Scale program consider the high-end markets as the ‘holy grail’  in their business development efforts. They tend to overlook the opportunity of tapping into the vast market potential that is available at the Base of…

Read More

Precision Fertilizers

Rice farmers in multiple countries are working with 2SCALE experts to test and promote fertilizer deep placement (FDP). It’s an innovative, easy-to-use technology that enables farmers to increase rice yields by 15-20 percent while using 30 percent less fertilizer. In Kenya, the FDP program is led…

Read More

Chilly or Hot?

Farming a quarter-acre plot, in an area with poor rainfall and low- nutrient soils, can never be profitable. Or can it? Partnerships mediated by 2SCALE are transforming livelihoods in some of the poorest areas in Kenya. More than 7,000 farmers have signed contracts with Equator…

Read More

AfricaWorks! 2014: Inclusive Value Chains – Fact or Fiction?

On 16th and 17th of October, 600 representatives of African and Dutch businesses, civil society organizations and governments participated in the Africa Works! 2014 conference. The 2SCALE team organized a workshop on inclusive value chains. BoP Innovation Center, IFDC and AACE Foods, one of the…

Read More

High-Value Vegetables

Ethiopia’s Central Rift Valley offers great conditions (soil, temperature, rainfall) for growing vegetables, but small-scale producers face production and especially marketing challenges. That could soon change − new agribusiness clusters are confident that with better seeds and training, they can improve volumes and quality, and…

Read More

More Cassava from Mozambique

2SCALE partnerships continue to create market opportunities for smallholder cassava farmers in Mozambique. Experts from cassava processor DADTCO, beer manufacturer SABMiller and 2SCALE visited Inhambane and Nampula provinces in July, meeting with farmers, traders, suppliers of planting material and other market players. The aim was…

Read More

Sesame in Mali: Ready for Takeoff

Can 2SCALE support help a private company grow? Ask PROSEMA, a private firm in Mali that buys sesame from smallholder farmers, processes it into premium-grade product, and exports to China and Europe. In eight years, PROSEMA has grown from fledgling producer to market leader, buying…

Read More