2 SCALE Highlights 2018

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This publication summarizes the key aspects of the 2SCALE program, which focuses on building agribusiness networks and promoting inclusive business practices in the agricultural sector. The program involves stakeholders, including public sector agencies, development organizations, universities, and international research centers. The goal is to connect small-scale farmers with buyers, processors, and other partners, providing them with training, technical advice, and business linkages to enhance competitiveness and respond to new opportunities. The program follows a tailored partnership approach, where business proposals from farmers, local entrepreneurs, or large companies are evaluated based on their potential impact and feasibility. The partnerships aim to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes, promoting equitable collaboration and sustainable growth. 2SCALE acts as a catalyst rather than a financier, with a significant portion of the program budget sourced from private investors. The program has achieved remarkable results, reaching over 627,000 farmers and 4,400 businesses and farmer organizations across multiple countries. It has attracted private sector co-investments of more than €60 million and has significantly contributed to inclusive agricultural growth, food security, women's empowerment, and ecological sustainability. The program's bottom-up strategy, focus on value chain linkages and emphasis on inclusion and sustainability have been key factors in its success. The evaluation of the program by SEO Amsterdam Economics, an independent analytics firm, has recommended a second phase of 2SCALE, acknowledging its positive impact and effectiveness. The program has also demonstrated scalability potential, successfully replicating various contexts. Private sector investments have increased due to strengthened value chains and improved production capacities. Additionally, the program has facilitated the adoption of intelligent systems and technology to enhance supply chain management and improve transparency. Looking ahead, the Netherlands government plans to fund a similar program, building upon the foundation of 2SCALE. IFDC, BOPInc, and SNV, another international non-profit organization, will lead the new phase. The success of 2SCALE and its continued expansion highlight the importance of collaborative partnerships and inclusive business models in promoting sustainable development in the agricultural sector.
Sustainable agriculture, Smallholder farmers, Agribusiness