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2SCALE and CropLife launched the first network of Spray Service Providers in Mali

Safe and responsible use of pesticides has three agreed benefits: better quality agricultural products, better yields and lower environmental impact. Following these three goals, 2SCALE and the CropLife Mali launched the first promotion of specialized Spray Services Providers (SSPs). The pilot project involved a group…

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Introducing Novos Horizontes: Inclusive Business in Mozambique

Written by Janet Macharia, BoP Marketing Specialist.  Mozambique is a country that can be considered ‘challenging’ when doing business, especially after the currency drop last year. Also for the 2SCALE program, getting some of the partnership started was a challenge that we celebrated with a…

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Youth in Agriculture: The Way out of a Food Crisis

Yinka Adesola graduated in geology from the University of Technology of Mina in Nigeria, and holds a master degree in geophysics. Yinka digs the soil on a daily basis, surrounded by dozens of youths, but strangely enough she isn’t looking for gold… As a geophysician…

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Turning Risk into Opportunities

Safe pesticide application services provided by trained Spray Service Providers (SSPs) generate employment opportunities and income for 15 youth in Chereponi in northeast Ghana. The use of pesticides in crop production has become a common phenomenon among smallholder farmers in Ghana. These pesticides are generally…

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Irish Potatoes, Irish Support

Potato farmers in Mozambique face a number of challenges, beginning with seeds. 2SCALE works with Montesco SA (a distributor for HZPC-Netherlands) to build the seed chain, and to provide additional assistance – training, market linkages, business support among others – to help smallholders transition to…

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Dairy Does Better

Much of the milk and dairy products sold in Mozambique are imported. We’re working with Agromaco, a medium-sized dairy processor, to develop local producer networks that can compete with imports. Four clusters are operational, located around milk collection centers in Zembe, Gondola, Vanduzi and Amantogas…

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Soybeans for Smallholders

2SCALE partnerships are helping to build value chains for non-traditional crops, creating new markets for smallholder farmers and new lines of business for agri-enterprises. One example is our work with Agro Commercial Olinda Fondo (ACOF), a woman-headed trading and processing firm with farmer networks in…

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Creating Jobs, Creating Businesses

Kato Hassan is a city boy. He had never seen a soybean field until 2 years ago, when he joined a training program run by 2SCALE partner ARUDIFA. He realized there were opportunities in small-scale food processing, with farmer groups ready to sell, and consumers…

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Scaling out Sorghum

2SCALE sorghum clusters have expanded from the Meru region to Mbeere in Embu County in Kenya. More than 1,200 farmers (60% women) from the Mbeere Small-scale Farmers Forum are part of an integrated program combining production innovations, mechanization, training, savings schemes, and linkages to credit…

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Fertilizer Technologies for Rice

Small-scale rice farmers in Kirinyaga County in Kenya are using new fertilizer technologies to increase yields by up to 50% while using one-third less fertilizer. The technology ‘package’ introduced by 2SCALE has two components. First, a specially formulated fertilizer blend that contains micronutrients such as…

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