2 SCALE Highlights 2020
2SCALE is a program that collaborates with the local private sector to build sustainable agribusiness networks. It connects small-scale farmers, buyers, processors, and other partners to improve competitiveness and respond to new opportunities. The program operates through public-private partnerships, providing training, technical advice, and business linkages. The publication highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2SCALE program. Due to travel restrictions, the program had to adapt and rely on remote coordination and digital approaches to continue its activities. Despite the challenges, the program established 65 new business partnerships in 2020, focusing on staples, fresh produce, oil seeds, and animal products. The report also mentions the targets set for the program, including improving access to nutritious food for 1 million Base of the Pyramid (BoP) consumers, developing inclusive business with 5,000 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), improving the livelihoods of 750,000 smallholder farmers, and scaling over 60 public-private partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa. The impact of COVID-19 on the program's activities and the challenges faced by business champions are discussed. It mentions how restrictions affect business interactions, supply chains, and governance. The material also provides a specific example of the dairy sector in Mali, where farmers and businesses struggled with reduced demand and transportation limitations.
Smallholder farmers, Public-Private Partnerships, COVID-19, Agribusiness