Tag: Kenya

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…

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…

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.

Potatoes for Profit

Agrico, a global leader in potato breeding, has developed a range of varieties for different uses, all suited to tropical conditions. 2SCALE clusters are growing eight new high-yielding Agrico varieties, multiplied in the country from seed potatoes imported from the Netherlands. This season, farmers planted more than 300,000 kilograms of Agrico seed potatoes and sold the harvest for higher prices.…

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