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Soyabeans in Benin

2SCALE’s soyabean partnerships in Benin were showcased at an international workshop held in Accra, organized by the Platform for African-European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development. 2SCALE supports a consortium that delivers improved production technologies, provides training, and links groups of small-scale soyabean farmers to…

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Coaching the Coaches

Agribusiness coaches for 2SCALE Kenya are now fully equipped, after intensive training during 2013 and 2014. They are working with farmers, produce buyers and other partners to make sure all elements are in place for the cropping season that began in November. Every 2SCALE agribusiness…

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Sweeter than Sugar

In Kenya, 2SCALE agribusiness clusters are producing Stevia – a natural, low-calorie sweetener whose leaves are 30 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia cultivation, formerly restricted to one small region, has expanded to four new areas (Bungoma, Meru, Nandi, Transmara) around the Rift Valley. The first producer groups were developed in December 2012…

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New value chains for maize

Agribusiness linkages in Togo, mediated by 2SCALE partners, have created new income streams for small-scale maize farmers, and helped poultry producers stay in business despite a dramatic increase in feed costs. Between 2005 and 2006, prices of white maize – at that time the main ingredient of poultry feed…

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Friesland and the Fulani

FrieslandCampina Wamco, Nigeria’s largest producer of dairy products, uses mostly imported milk powder because local supplies of fresh milk are unreliable. 2SCALE is using its community mobilization skills to help the company source more milk locally. Traditional pastoralists from the Fulani community produce 70 percent of Nigeria’s milk, but rarely…

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Reaching Higher

2SCALE was launched in June 2012, aiming to establish 500 agribusiness clusters in 5 years. Currently, more than 300 clusters are operational, with close to 300,000 farmers linked to 1,025 private firms. Benin – 30 clusters, over 62,000 farmers Burkina Faso – 24 clusters, over…

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National advisory committees formed

In each country, a National Advisory Committee of public and private sector experts provides advice on cluster portfolio development and supports the integration of 2SCALE activities into national strategies. Advisory Committees have been formed in six countries: Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria and South Sudan.

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