Tag: 2SCALE

Blended Fertilizers – Baraka is Better

Conventional fertilizers provide plants with three main nutrients, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus; but soils are often deficient in secondary or micronutrients such as zinc or boron. In partnership with fertilizer manufacturer Toyota Tsusho, IFDC’s Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project helped introduce a new blended fertilizer for rice in Kenya. Baraka (Swahili for “blessing”) contains…

2SCALE Partners Strengthen Inclusive Business

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can be a force for change, provided CSR programs are well designed and targeted at specific outcomes. A new partnership with Sustainable Inclusive Business Kenya (SIB-Kenya), a Dutch-funded knowledge center, is exploring ways in which private sector partners of IFDC’s 2SCALE project can strengthen their CSR activities to improve welfare at the community level (e.g., labor…

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…

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…

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…

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). [huge_it_slider id=”3″]       As a part…

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…

Photo Gallery: Kenyan Agriculture – Bringing Farmers and Agribusinesses Together

IFDC president and CEO, Dr. J. Scott Angle, recently visited agribusinesses in Kenya and inaugurated a new potato storage facility constructed to support local farmer groups. The IFDC team toured Shalem Investments, an agri-food company partnering with the Netherlands-funded 2SCALE program, and New Holland Chips. 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 consumers.

Ruth Kinoti, founder and CEO of Shalem Investments, gave a tour of her new factory, which makes fortified sorghum flour from sorghum purchased from 2SCALE farmers. 2SCALE has helped her grow from trader to processor, selling her own brand of flour. New Holland Chips owner, Jean Pierre, also sources from local farmers. New Holland partners with potato growers in Laikipia County.

Many rural potato farmers lack proper storage. Dr. Angle and Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Vincent O’Neill, inaugurated a new potato storage facility, constructed through an Irish Aid project implemented by IFDC to strengthen the potato value chain. This storage building will help farmers in Nyeri, Kenya, reduce post-harvest losses.

View a photo slideshow of the trip below.

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