Tag: 2SCALE

2SCALE Launches Digital Innovation Challenge for Climate Smart Agriculture

Are you an entrepreneur with a digital innovation that boosts climate smart agriculture in Africa? Apply to our challenge! It’s easy and takes under an hour. The 2SCALE program wants to incentivise the implementation of new technologies to help farmers drive productivity and profitability and respond to the impact of climate change. This could include innovations that solve pressing problems…

2SCALE Paves the Way to Financial Inclusion

Access to finance remains a serious challenge for smallholder farmers worldwide, and a large percentage of them are still underfinanced. They often have volatile incomes, limited financial management skills, low productivity margins and lack of guarantees or land titles. For these reasons, most local banks are unwilling to lend them money. As these challenges equally apply to farmers in 2SCALE,…

IFDC, FrieslandCampina WAMCO partner to transform local milk production in Nigeria

Partnership will empower dairy farmers, increase milk production Contact: Mohammed Zailani – Partnership Facilitator, 2SCALE – mzailani@2scale.org July 10, 2019 – Lagos, Nigeria – The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), representing the 2SCALE program, has signed a partnership agreement with FrieslandCampina Wamco (FCW) with the aim to sustainably transform and lead the local dairy sector in Nigeria by supporting Fulani…

Expanded 2SCALE Team Trains and Bonds in Nairobi, Kenya

Team members from the eight different 2SCALE countries have kicked-off activities of the second phase of the program with a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Nearly 50 team members from the eight countries where the program is implemented gathered to learn and participate in team-building exercises. Several new colleagues joined the team, among whom are those from new 2SCALE’s partner SNV,…

Rice technology – building capacity in Western Kenya

Rice production in Kisumu county, Kenya, is increasing rapidly, thanks in part to 2SCALE’s capacity building programs. The program is practical, hands-on, and tailored to different groups – mostly farmers, but also input retailers, extension agents, and even managers and accountants from farmer cooperatives. The capacity building program is led by two private firms: Cool Trends, which specializes in farmer…

Gluten-free, gender-friendly

Cassava is a crop with huge potential – hardy and drought tolerant, suitable for small-scale production, and valuable both as a food and a cash crop, not to mention it’s gluten-free. A new pilot will focus on cassava processing and value addition in Kenya, aiming to broaden the  market for cassava products among base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) families. We’re working with Mhogo…

Mechanical Rice

Mechanization of farm operations can dramatically cut costs and improve quality. We’re working with two private firms to scale out low-cost mechanization options for rice farmers in Kisumu. Nyabon Enterprises provides equipment and trains service providers on operation and maintenance. Cool Trends leads the farmer training component. A range of equipment is available:  power tillers, rotavators, weeders, sprayers, harvesters, threshers,…

Financial Toolkit for Women Being Introduced in Kenya

Farmers and rural entrepreneurs generally find it hard to access credit. Women find it particularly difficult, for a variety of reasons, e.g.: lack of collateral (e.g. title deeds), no credit history, and cultural stereotyping among others. 2SCALE interventions are designed to overcome these biases. Selection of project partners and beneficiaries is deliberately skewed in favor of women. Venues and timings…

Rabobank Foundation – a New 2SCALE Partner in Ethiopia

                The Netherlands-based Rabobank Foundation has announced a $260,000 loan to the Tsehay farmer union in Gondar, northern Ethiopia. The loan, which 2SCALE helped facilitate, will allow the union to bulk purchase oilseed stocks for its cooking oil plant. Around 3,000 smallholder farmers will benefit from this loan, and the newly established factory…

Dairy Insights Shape 2SCALE Focus

Kenya’s dairy sector is the biggest in the region, accounting for 10% of national agricultural GDP. The sector is dominated by small-scale farmers supplying to a few large dairy processors. An industry review, completed earlier this year, helped identify a niche for IFDC’s Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project, where we could focus our efforts…

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