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EVALUATION

By: Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE … not everything that counts can be counted !! and not everything that can be counted really counts … While I fully agree with this statement, 2SCALE cannot avoid measuring its results!!! Last year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,…

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Vegetables from Benin: Opportunities, challenges and recovery strategy

By Eric Lakoussan, Industry Team Leader – Vegetables In Benin, two things have quadrupled over the last ten years. The number of motorists has increased from 700,000 to 3 million; and consumption of vegetables has risen from 5 to 20 kg per person per year….

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CONFLICT

By: Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE Clashes between herdsmen and farmers were all over the news in Nigeria, with some very violent outbursts reported, for instance in Benue State where some 70 farmers were killed. While the major conflict areas seem to be in Benue…

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Before filling your mouth with flour…

Everyone loves rice – consumers, sellers, and processors like Djénébou Coulibaly. Coulibaly is a woman entrepreneur, president of a processing cooperative that works with 2SCALE in the Sikasso region in Mali. The cooperative processes paddy into nutritious, affordable parboiled rice, sold to both institutional (e.g….

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This network works!

Oikocredit, a Dutch social investor, has signed a new credit agreement with Promo Fruits, the largest juice processor in Benin. Promo Fruits will receive a loan of 700 million FCFA, of which 200 million is designated for small-scale producers, to accelerate adoption of plastic mulching….

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Value Addition: the way to go!

In Mount Kenya the highest mountain in Kenya lies Shalem Investments limited. This is a growing enterprise in Meru County under the leadership of Ruth Kinoti the CEO. Her vision is to see Shalem bringing lasting solutions to the community giving healthier nutrition alternatives and…

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What´s new for 2SCALE in 2018

2SCALE has been  helping to catalyze inclusive agribusiness in Africa since the end of 2012, and will continue the current phase of the project until the end of 2018. We are proud to say that we’re on track with every key project target. As we…

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Give or Build?

“To face the challenge of structural transformation of African agricultural economies – which policies and what resilience mechanism?” This choice was the theme of a panel discussion chaired by Ms. Anne Ouloto, spokesperson for Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Environment, on Friday, November 17, at SARA…

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FrieslandCampina WAMCO and 2SCALE Celebrate Dairy Farmers’ Day

FrieslandCampina WAMCO (FCW), known as the largest investor in Nigeria’s dairy sector, organized the first Dairy Farmers’ Day in Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria, on December 7, 2017. The event highlighted the progress and challenges of the Dairy Development Program (DDP), a public-private partnership focused on…

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New horizons for Novos Horizontes

It’s not easy to make a business out of poultry meat in Mozambique. Despite the serious and growing market demand, there is strong competition from imported meat, both close by (South-Africa) as well as far away (Europe). One of the local companies that has managed…

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All good things come to an end

The approach of 2SCALE is such that we foresee our collaboration with partners to have a beginning, and an end. Steering towards having an “exit strategy” for each partnership is not easy for everybody involved, but important to work on to make for a sustainable…

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Building integrated business support services

The role of advisors in agribusiness is ever changing. Whereas conventional advisors mainly work with farmers, 2SCALE turned these intermediaries into coaches of local business partnerships in a particular value chain. As this shift showed impressive results, such as the embedding of support costs within…

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Killing two birds with one stone: Serving the community at a Profit

Kenya’s economy is flourishing, with a steady 6% growth in 2016 according to the African Development Bank. At the same time, many Kenyan, especially at the BoP, do not yet see this growth materialize into having access to a nutritious meal. That’s why 2SCALE is…

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Trust me!

2SCALE helps build business relationships. But trust is essential in any business relationship – so have we also helped to build trust? And can we measure improvements in trust? A team from Wageningen University used a combination of interviews and behavioral economic games to measure…

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Sorghum beer

The partnership between farmer unions and Meta Beer (subsidiary of Diageo) has completed its first phase, and arrangements are being finalized for an expanded second phase. This partnership, brokered by 2SCALE, is a landmark for two reasons: the first time sorghum is being used as…

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