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2SCALE Thematic Papers. Not By Technology and Money Alone, The Importance of Functional Capacity Strengthening in Agribusiness Partnerships – Insights from the 2SCALE project.
Published on 10 August 2017 in “Science”, language — English. 39 pages.
2SCALE is implemented by a consortium of partners comprised of IFDC, ICRA, and BOPinc. For more information, visit ifdc.org/2scale.
- how building relationships and strengthening functional capacities (or soft skills) are necessary pre-requisites to technical improvements;
- the importance of organisations becoming more empowered; how to sustain support services beyond the project life;
- and a focus on gender and youth issues.
One case focuses on Nigerian cereal farmers’ organisations. Getting better organized and linking up with aggregators from Nestlé, the farmers now get a better deal in supplying sorghum for the company’s products. Soft skills coaching also helped women farmers to add their voice to ongoing negotiations.