In April 2022, a delegation from Tegemeo Cereals Enterprise Limited - business champion for sorghum and pearl millet in Kenya, visited three business champions in Nigeria, for peer learning. The main objective of the exposure visit was to learn more about the formation of agribusiness clusters (ABCs) and the adoption of information and communications technology (ICT) in the agriculture sector. The delegation, which consisted of Tegemeo’s Managing Director, Peter Mutegi; Partnership/Program Manager, Pauline Kinyua; Head of Extension, Zachary Mwenda; Head of Sales, Jackson Makembo; and Head of Social Inclusion, Caleb Mwiti, spent over a week visiting actors involved in Nigerian maize and sorghum partnerships. The delegation’s educational visit revealed how ABCs have been used in successful backward integration and how technology can be used to coordinate activities across ABCs and markets.
2SCALE employs several learning methodologies: one of these being exposure visits. Exposure visits facilitate knowledge-sharing, because participants from various settings and countries are able to interact and learn from one another’s experiences. These visits allow project partners to encounter the successful integration of 2SCALE’s approaches, such as the formation of ABCs, through practical and real-life situations. The representatives from Tegemeo had a chance to visit and interact with three business champions in maize - AFEX Commodities Exchange, and sorghum Nalmaco Nigeria Limited and Adefunke Desh Variety Stores, as well as ABC actors from the Kuki Cluster of Zaria, Kaduna State.