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Kangkong: a nutrition innovation in Benin

A new leafy vegetable is helping to improve family nutrition and create opportunities for market gardeners in Benin. Kangkong, also known as water spinach or swamp cabbage, is a leafy vegetable popular in Asia but previously unknown in Benin. Together with East-West Seed International 2SCALE…

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Got milk?

Twelve dairy cooperatives in Western Kenya and the Rift Valley – more than 15,000 farmers – have joined 2SCALE. A series of workshops, training programs and field visits between September and November 2015 have helped expand market linkages, introduce new dairy technologies, and roll out…

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Introducing fertilizer blends in Mozambique

Smallholder cassava farmers in Mozambique started using balanced-nutrient fertilizers for the first time. The new fertilizer blends, enhanced with boron, sulfur and other micronutrients, were produced by 2SCALE partner Greenbelt Fertilizers at their plant in Beira. More than 500 farmers received the new blends in…

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“I now know how to present myself to customers”

Mr. Ireso Denbal is not only a farmer, he is also the board secretary of the Meki Batu Union (MBU), one of our partners in  Ethiopia. MBU is a vegetable and fruit growers’ cooperative union in Ethiopia with nearly 8000 farmer members. The partnership with 2SCALE is helping…

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Quantitative research enables us to compare various types of innovation

Christopher Foster is currently lecturing ICT and innovation at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this he worked as a researcher at the University of Oxford (2013-2015), exploring the impacts of broadband internet in East Africa. He achieved his PhD from the University of Manchester (2009 –…

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Equality in agribusiness: Facilitating single tax payment for women

2SCALE in Nigeria is supporting organizational strengthening and development for women at the local level, in order to better equip them for effective engagement of stakeholders towards overcoming identified regulatory, institutional and administrative constraints to doing business in their respective areas. One of such institutional…

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Mali: where is the money?

Africa’s food market –largely dominated by street vendors– could create a trillion-dollar by 2030, resulting from a fast growing population, increasing prosperity and evolution in diet and cultural habits. Including those regions in Africa that are generally labelled as the poorest ones in the world…

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2Scale entrepreneurs embark on new deals in the Netherlands

Two weeks ago seven CEOs of 2SCALE partner enterprises paid a visit to the Netherlands to share their insights with Dutch agri and food businesses and to discuss new business opportunities. The visit was organized on the occasion of the second anniversary of 2SCALE and the…

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Larger sales volumes and better job prospects at Fruittiland

We had an interview with Steven Ago Annan, assistant logistics, who joined Fruittiland in 2010. The company’s core business is buying citrus fruits and processing them into juice concentrate for European markets. Fruittiland was established in 2009 by four Ghanaian entrepreneurs. Steven Ago Annan is…

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How to do agribusiness

Within the framework of 2SCALE three new learning modules have been developed for agribusiness trainers and coaches in interaction with value chain and cluster actors.  The modules make use of some of the learning videos that have also been developed for 2SCALE. Each module is composed…

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