Tag: agriculture

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…

IFDC Project Charts Way Forward for West African Fertilizer Use

A version of the following article appeared in the July/August 2016 edition of Fertilizer Focus. The African Union’s (AU) Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), launched in 2004, committed the AU to working with African governments to allocate 10 percent of their national budgets to agriculture to attain a 6 percent annual growth rate in the agriculture sector and a…

Access to Finance Fulfills Dreams

CATALIST-2 began its work in the summer of 2012 after the successes of CATALIST, and ended in August 2016, with more than 300,000 farmers having benefited from the project. Their triumphs, such as Donavine’s story below, are transforming farming communities in Burundi, Rwanda, and the North and South Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Burundian farmer Donavine…

Women and Wages

ESOP is an agricultural cooperative in Lalo, Benin, that purchases rice from small-scale producer groups for grading, packaging, and resale. The key step is hand-sorting to select the best grains for premium markets. Sorting is done mostly by women at very low wages. To address this problem, the 2SCALE team in Benin first examined costs and margins to understand whether ESOP…