Category: Project Updates

2SCALE: Looking Forward, Looking Back

2SCALE Phase I will end in December 2018; and the project is on track with every key target. As the project enters its last year, the 2SCALE team took time to pause briefly and refocus on plans and targets for 2018. During a team meeting in Ethiopia, staff from seven countries dissected 2017 results to fine-tune strategies for the new…

Pilots for the Poor

2SCALE is helping to catalyze innovation in agribusiness – but the project usually starts cautiously, with a small pilot program to test a new marketing model, a new financing mechanism, a new type of fertilizer. Many 2SCALE pilots have been successfully concluded and many have transitioned into full-fledged, self-sustaining initiatives. In 2018, pilots will be tightly targeted and relatively short-duration…

New Project to Strengthen Potato Sector and Nutrition in Uganda

IFDC recently held a ceremony to launch the Promotion of Nutrition-Sensitive Potato Value Chains in East Africa (PNSP-Uganda) project. PNSP-Uganda is designed to increase smallholder potato productivity and strengthen potato sector coordination while improving household-level nutrition through dietary diversification. The project will intervene in the highlands of Eastern Uganda, where potato production, marketing, and processing form a major source of…

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 cutting Nigeria’s huge import bill for dairy products and creating revenues and sustainable jobs within…

2SCALE: Updates from East Africa

The 2SCALE program is an incubator for inclusive agribusiness across nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Funded by the Netherlands, 2SCALE offers a range of support services to private partners – companies and farmer groups – enabling them to produce, transform, and supply quality food products to local, national, and regional end-user markets, including base-of-the-pyramid (low-income) consumers. The following updates highlight…

Coming Together with 2SCALE: Part 2

The Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning and Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project is an inclusive agribusiness initiative funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and implemented by a consortium comprising the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), the BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc), and International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA).       As a part of the…

Coming Together with 2SCALE: Part I

The Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning and Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project is an inclusive agribusiness initiative funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and implemented by a consortium comprised of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), the BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc), and International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA). With experiences in nine countries over more…

2SCALE Project Highlights

Can opposites attract? Big companies and small farmers, buyers and sellers, balance sheets and social goals… The 2SCALE project brings opposites together by applying business principles to development. Nine countries, half a million farmers, 1,400 cooperatives, 1,200 small businesses, scientists, development experts and corporate executives, all work together to build business relationships. Read the latest highlights from our 2SCALE project and see for yourself…

IFDC Staff Witness Impact of ACMA Project in Benin

September 7-9, 2017 – Scott Hudson, IFDC’s Director of Operations, and Andrew Thigpen, IFDC’s Communications Supervisor, recently visited staff of the Local Government Approach to Agricultural Markets in Benin (ACMA Benin) project in Cotonou, Benin. Project leaders discussed ACMA Benin’s achievements with the IFDC visitors, who are based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA. Local authorities in the Pobè commune elaborated…

Fertilizer Association of Nepal Honors IFDC and CIMMYT as Implementers of Nepal Seed and Fertilizer Project

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) facilitated the organization of the first General Assembly meeting of the Fertilizer Association of Nepal (FAN) under the Feed the Future Nepal Seed and Fertilizer (NSAF) project in Kathmandu on August 29, 2017. During the event, project representatives from both the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and IFDC received a Letter of…

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