The challenge is certainly enormous to develop 60 inclusive agribusiness partnerships across eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa, to facilitate access to quality nutritious food for one million low-income consumers, while improving the livelihoods of 750,000 smallholder farmers and developing business with 5,000 SMEs. Out of this total of 60 partnerships to be developed, 2SCALE currently has a portfolio of 34 Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) approved by the Partnership Selection Committee. The committee was established to ensure transparency and accountability in the selection of these new partnerships.
To partner with 2SCALE, business champions each submit an inclusive business idea that can contribute to the program's targets. Any partnership submitted to the committee goes through the seven essential steps of the PPP protocol. 2SCALE's PPP protocol guides the selection and development of partnerships. The first five steps, cover the partnership development and realization, where the remaining steps six and seven cover implementation and exit strategies.
Built on the experience and insights of the program's first phase, country teams proceed with different methods to identify potential partnerships. While in some countries the choice of the first business ideas were focused on the scoping studies, for others it undertook information sessions and field visits to find potential business champions. In addition, some of the pilots developed during the first phase have transitioned over to full partnerships.
Currently other partnership agreements are under development, while some of the approved PPPs are already up and running in the field. The selection committee's upcoming meeting will certainly lead to new partnerships that are currently in the pipeline.