Tag: Kenya

PCB Project Assists Farmers to Improve Potato Seed Storage

Over the years, potato yields in Kenya have been on a steady decline. One of the major reasons for this decline is the practice of using poor quality seed that is passed on from several seasons if not years. “Most of the potato farmers in the country have been planting inferior seeds, which are mainly leftovers from their harvests. Because…

Seed Multiplication Benefits Kenyan Potato Farmers

With the emerging market trends and unstable potato prices in Nyandarua County and other potato-producing counties in Kenya, farmers are employing new methods to reap big from their produce. After encountering difficulties while trying to go to market on their own, especially in dictating the prices of fresh produce, farmers in Nyandarua have started forming common interest groups in an effort…

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…

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…

Farmers’ Wallets Grow with Electronic Banking

A fat wallet is good; a fat electronic wallet is even better. Dutch financial services firm Dodore is partnering with IFDC’s Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project to roll out the Agri-wallet, a mobile-phone-based platform that allows farmers to save in small installments, in order to buy seeds, fertilizers, and other inputs for the next…

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…

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