Month: March 2015

2SCALE Partner Wins International Award

Shalem Investments, a sorghum trading and processing firm in Kenya, has won the EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award. This was announced last week at the EMRC Agribusiness Forum in Kinshasa, DRC. Two of the five finalists were 2SCALE partners – Shalem and CB Farm Fresh, a Mozambican trading and processing firm. The award, which includes a cash prize of $15,000, aims…

Kadia Diawara: We Will Accomplish Great Things

My name is Kadia Diawara. I am a 46-year-old widow and mother to seven children. We live in Kouoro where we grow sesame to support ourselves. Our town is still young, but it shows great promise. In 2011, IFDC taught me and close to 100 other women important agricultural practices – practices that led to our harvest of about 5…

Nigerian Breweries, Psaltry, IFDC sign agreement on cassava productivity

“Nigerian Breweries Plc, Psaltry International Company Ltd, a Nigerian cassava processing company and the International Fertiliser Development Centre, (IFDC) through its ‘Towards Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship project (2SCALE)’, have signed a partnership agreement to optimise the cassava value chain in Nigeria and improve agribusiness for Nigerian smallholder farmers.” Read full article

Impala Beer Carving Out a Niche in Cassava

“…In northern Mozambique, in what appears to be the middle of nowhere, stands a mobile cassava processing unit. It is here that about 1,500 smallholder farmers will bring their crop to be processed to make Impala beer… The cassava processing unit is key to the process and is run in association with the Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company, the…

Saly Ouattara: How Cassava Changed My Life

My name is Saly Ouattara. I think I’m 39 years old, and life has given me 10 children: six boys and four girls. My entire life – from childhood to my marriage and until now – I have not had another job outside of farming. I have farmed for 20 years, on two parcels my in-laws have given me, a…

Building Foundations for Female Entrepreneurs

Three Female Farmers Who #MakeItHappen To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, IFDC is launching a new blog series featuring the firsthand stories of three female farmers from Mali. Smallholder farmers face many challenges, not the least of which are depletion of soils and limited access to inputs and profitable markets. Women farmers encounter even more barriers than these,…

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