Tag: farming

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…

Better Nutrition in Benin

Kangkong, also known as water spinach or swamp cabbage, is popular in Asia but previously unknown in Benin. 2SCALE introduced the crop in a pilot program that began in 2013 and has grown steadily. Fresh vegetables are too expensive for most low-income families in Benin. The pilot program, in partnership with East West Seed, brought in high-quality seeds for field trials…

Open Sesame!

Farm-gate prices of sesame in Mali have increased six-fold in the past seven years, fueled by export demand. Yet, production is not growing quickly enough, and Malian processors and exporters are unable to source sufficient quantities. “Europe and especially China have millions of new middle-class consumers for whom sesame oil is no longer a luxury, but a daily norm,” explains…

Business Connections

A 2SCALE business conference in The Hague has opened the door to new business deals between food processors, importers, equipment manufacturers, and banks. The conference, Food for Thought: Made in Africa, for Africa, was held in October 2015. It featured presentations by the CEOs of seven 2SCALE partner firms: AACE Foods and Psaltry (both from Nigeria), Promo Fruits (Benin), GUTS Agro…

Young Farmers: Nojet’s Story

Nojet is a young vegetable entrepreneur inspired by IFDC training programs. Her story is below: My name is Nojet Achi. I attended Ahmed Bello University where I studied mass communication. I also attended the Nigerian Defense Academy, a famous African military university, where I got my master’s degree in development studies. I have been into farming since I was a…

Pinto Mofate Succeeds with Best Agricultural Practices

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Why You Can’t Just Teach a Person to Fish – Part 2: Project-Level Training

Our goal in training is to go beyond simply teaching a person.

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