As in all 2SCALE partnerships, the syndicate partnership between 2SCALE and Nzara and Eden Multipurpose Cooperatives leverages the concept of Agribusiness clusters (ABCs) to accelerate the development of the maize value chain in Western Equatoria state, South Sudan.
An ABC is a network of all actors engaged in a particular value chain at the grassroots level. These actors come together to find solutions to the challenges they face and explore opportunities to enhance their competitiveness and overall performance. Within ABCs, actors develop their bargaining power around a shared business goal—increasing food availability at the local level. This collaborative platform empowers grassroots actors to voice concerns and establish connections with nearby stakeholders such as sellers of agricultural inputs, farmers, local banks, traders, extension officers, and local government officials.
In the syndicate partnership in South Sudan, existing clusters have been strengthened, and actors have been linked to each other, enhancing the coordination of their activities for mutual benefit. To strengthen their collaboration, 2SCALE continually provides technical assistance and capacity building and facilitates access to markets and finance. These clusters address the specific challenges and opportunities within each cluster, identifying ways to improve productivity, quality, and market access.