Month: August 2017

Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains in Uganda (REACH-Uganda)

REACH-Uganda is improving farmers’ market engagement, strengthening household resilience, and increasing the availability of agriculture support services for 40,000 farmers and businesses in the rice and potato value chains. With funding from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the project will employ the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach to develop market systems to function more…

2SCALE Bootcamp on Inclusive Agribusiness: Q&A with Organizer Niek van Dijk

What is the 2SCALE bootcamp on inclusive agribusiness? Bootcamp organizer Niek van Dijk explains the course in a Q&A with the Inclusive Business Accelerator: “The 2SCALE program has been incubating inclusive agribusiness in nine different African countries for the past five years. The key to doing this is not to only look for the knowledge and experience needed to drive…

IFDC REACH-Uganda Project Signs Up First Commercial Partner

On August 17, 2017, IFDC’s Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains project in Uganda (REACH-Uganda) brought on board its first commercial partner, HighGrow Agri (HGA). During a meeting at the IFDC Uganda country office in Kampala, REACH-Uganda Chief of Party David Slane and HGA representative Tobias Basson signed an agreement in which REACH will assist the company in business development and commercial…

Can Trust in Business Partnerships Be Measured?

IFDC’s 2SCALE project helps build business relationships, in which trust is essential. So we asked ourselves, “Can we measure improvements in trust?” With assistance from a team from Wageningen University, we used a combination of interviews and behavioral economic games to measure changes in trust levels over time. The ‘laboratory’ was a 2SCALE partnership in Kenya, where trader and processor,…

How Do You Define a Sustainable Partnership?

We asked Bature Abdullahi, farmer and agribusiness coach from Tapoki village, in north western Nigeria. It is here that IFDC, in partnership with Nestlé, implements the Sorghum and Millet in the Sahel (SMS) project, with the goal of improving the quality and yield of these crops and developing farming as a sustainable business. But what is sustainable business? “Everybody needs…

Internships Influence: What I Learned from IFDC

My name is Lauren, and I am a senior at the University of North Alabama. My major is professional writing with a minor in photography. Everyone asks me, “What do you do with a major like professional writing?” My former response was something like, “Oh, write and edit technical documents, textbooks,  medical papers, or something like that.” Sounds thrilling, doesn’t…

Madi Winkler Portrait

Intern Insight: My Time with IFDC

There are valuable, real-life experiences to be discovered throughout the course of a dynamic internship program, and my time at IFDC has provided me with solid support for professional development and personal growth. The incredible learning opportunities I received came in many different forms, including the projects I worked on and the tasks I performed. My duties included creating and…

Nigerian Farmer Shares His Success

Labbo Aliyu is a 56-year-old retired civil servant from Asari village, Wamakko Local Government Area of Sokoto State. After retiring from the State Ministry, Aliyu turned to medium-scale farming, purchasing 5 hectares of land to grow rice. However, Aliyu realized what many farmers do not: that increased yields are achieved more through the adoption of technologies than through expansion in…

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