Category: Project Updates

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…

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…

youth in a field at a learning center in Nigeria

2SCALE and Partners Develop Farmers’ Academy in Nigeria

Recently, SPAR International and the Artee Group (AG) have embarked upon an ambitious new initiative to support smallholder Nigerian farmers to produce high-quality fruits and vegetables for Nigerian consumers.[1] To achieve this, the IFDC-led 2SCALE program has been collaborating with AG. The partnership with AG aims to support the establishment of a Farmers’ Academy in Sagamu in Nigeria. The Academy…

mali women in training

New Publication: Gender Mainstreaming in Agribusiness Partnerships

Inclusive agribusinesses will play a critical role in the coming decades, not only to feed 9 billion people by 2050, but also to create job opportunities and improve livelihoods for those least integrated into economic channels. For the past five years, IFDC’s Towards Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project has been strengthening agribusiness linkages to profitable…

Small Malian Company Boasts Big Profits

The private sector plays a predominant role in the implementation of USAID Fertilizer Deep Placement and Microdosing (FDP MD) project activities. The entire FDP chain is driven by urea super granule (USG) production companies. In the Mopti region of Mali, a total of six briquetting machines were acquired by investors, including the private sector and NGOs.

Farming for Profit: A College Graduate Turns to Agriculture

Our 2SCALE project helps farmers profit from their work by providing training and agribusiness linkages. Below is the story from a young farmer who chose the farm over the city. My name is Yusuf Monimago from Kwara State, North Central Nigeria. I have a background in public administration at Kwara State Polytechnic, and I also trained for one year on…

Irish Potatoes, Irish Partners

A new IFDC-led project in Kenya, funded by the government of Ireland, will begin operations in January 2017. The project was announced by Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, on November 29. It will connect small-scale potato farmers to new technologies and new markets and will work with government, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and private…

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