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Sesame in dry season? It’s possible!

Most sesame in Mali is rain-fed. With 2SCALE’s support, PROSEMA (Society for Promotion of Sesame in Mali) is introducing dry-season cultivation under irrigation, in parts of the Office du Niger (ON) region. This will create a new income stream for thousands of smallholder farmers and…

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First result Ethiopian research project

In January we reported on the start of new research projects in Ethiopia and Kenya in the 2SCALE program. The collected insights will result in changes in the supply chain in BoP markets. The first research resulted in an innovative credit system for procurement of…

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2SCALE wins award for rice pilots in Benin

The Conseil de Concertation des Riziculteurs (CCR, the umbrella organization of rice producers in Benin) honoured the 2Scale project with a special award. The ceremony was broadcast live on television. Mathias Ahounou, National Cluster Advisor, collected the award on behalf of the project team. CCR…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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