2Scale AgriBusiness Incubator Africa
2SCALE is one of the largest agribusiness incubators in Africa, working with farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs in 8 countries, building networks that connect farmers, buyers and intermediaries, enabling them to create and grow new businesses and enabling private firms to find business opportunities for sourcing products from, or selling agro-inputs to, smallholder farmers in Africa.
The goal of 2SCALE is to improve rural livelihoods and food security in 8 countries in sub-Saharan Africa by developing competitive agro-food industries.
Greater market participation by small-scale local entrepreneurs will boost food security and agriculture-based trade in Africa. Market expansion will also give farmers the incentive to invest in productivity-enhancing technologies. But potential market entrants face huge challenges – lack of scale economies, high transaction costs, limited knowledge of markets. 2SCALE helps create new businesses and expand existing ones, by bringing the right partners together for collective, coordinated action.
The 2SCALE model is inclusive business – viable, equitable agribusiness partnerships that meet financial as well as social development goals.
WHY IS 2SCALE UNIQUE?
Because of its approach. 2SCALE’s entry point is a business proposal from a local trader, a farmer cooperative, a processing firm, anyone with a good idea actually. Project teams help translate the idea into a viable business. 2SCALE mobilizes and train groups of farmers, and create the linkages to ensure that all elements – technology, organizational capacity, market access, credit, extension advice – are in place. The result? Agribusiness clusters and commercial value chains that can compete effectively in the market, benefiting producers, consumers, and everyone in between.
This approach has been tested and proven in a number of African countries, through earlier projects led by 2SCALE partners. This experience will be used to scale out – aiming to reach 500,000 farmers and 2,500 agribusiness companies in the next 5 years.