Enhancing the success of 2SCALE

Enhancing the success of 2SCALE

2SCALE is a large agribusiness incubator programme working with farmers, small-scale entrepreneurs, and medium and large enterprises in nine African countries. The consortium is creating a large portfolio of cross-sector partnerships with more than a million smallholders and SMEs to improve rural livelihoods and food security. Such a portfolio of robust and viable agribusiness clusters and value chains will supply food to regional, national and local markets, thus supplying consumers at the ‘bottom of the pyramid’. The project was initiated in 2012 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands together with three specialised organisations: Base of Pyramid Innovation Center, (BoPInc), International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) and The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).

The PrC’s research contributes to the 2SCALE programme as follows:

  • Assessing and modelling the partnerships and value chain arrangements brokered by 2SCALE to further develop and refine theories of change directed towards inclusiveness of agro-food chains
  • Deepening understanding of business and partnership models within the 2SCALE programme to support a process of making strategies, to assess risks and detect strategies for accelerating partnerships and leveraging resources
  • Identifying and assessing distinct scaling pathways through which businesses and partnerships achieve scale in terms of numbers of farmers and SMEs taking part, volumes of goods supplied to ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ markets, and tangible buy-in from public policy and private actors.


Target countries

Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Sudan, Uganda, Benin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria.