Category: Project Updates

Our 2017 Annual Report

We invite you to read our newly released Annual Report for 2017.

Agricultural Technology Transfer Centers Make Good Returns and Good Deals

The level of knowledge and use of agricultural inputs in Burkina Faso is low: 12% for mineral fertilizers and 8% for improved seeds. In order to improve producers’ knowledge of inputs and good use practices, the Support Program for the Modernization of Family Farms – Inputs Component (PAMEFA- Vi) has set up five Agricultural Technology Transfer Centers (CTTA) in the…

Agricultural Producers in Burkina Faso Access Quality Agricultural Inputs Through Bundled Purchasing

In Burkina Faso, agricultural producers face several challenges including the lack of access to quality agricultural inputs. Even  when they have access to inputs, they do not get them on time. As a result, the utilization rate of agricultural inputs by producers remains low (12% for mineral fertilizers and 8% for improved seeds). In order to make quality agricultural inputs…

Updates from 2SCALE in East Africa

2SCALE seeks to improve rural livelihoods and food security in Africa by accelerating inclusive business in agri-food industries through public-private partnerships. Below is an update from April 2018.   Private money, public good The private sector is not just a partner, but a major investor in the 2SCALE project. Cumulative private investment has exceeded $58 million, significantly higher than the…

Farmer-Engineer Innovates New Machinery

U Than Oo and his family own a 30-acre rice farm at Nyaungdon Su village in Mawgun Township. They also established a small farm equipment workshop as a non-farm business. Although he graduated with specialization in Industrial Chemistry, Oo is a farmer who is familiar enough with farm machinery to make repairs. When he’s not on the farm, he renovates…

When You Know Your Market, You Do Better Business

SOW Souleymane sells agricultural inputs in Ouangolo, in the northeast region of Côte d’Ivoire. Since June 2016, he has been a member of an Agribusiness Cluster (ABC) supported by 2SCALE in the framework of a vegetable Public Private Partnership. This cluster connects small producers, vegetable traders, input suppliers, microfinance institutions and business support offices located in the Korhogo region. In…

Making agriculture profitable and “cool” for youth in Africa

How can we lift millions of young people out of poverty and mitigate migration to Europe? There is no simple answer, but clearly, we must first “make agriculture profitable and cool for young people in Africa,” according to Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (ADB) and winner of the World Food Prize. At SARA 2017, we met a…

Woman Vegetable Grower Becomes Vegetable Entrepreneur

Monira, 32, is one of the AVPI beneficiaries in Bangladesh. She was a grade 10 student when she married Abu Hanif Mondal, who is a farmer. She and her husband have cultivated and sold seasonal crops, including vegetables, on about 5 acres of their own family land over the last 14 years. They have one son and one daughter, who…

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…

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