Generally, along the journey of partnership development and implementation, building the capacity of different value chain actors is one of 2SCALE’s core objectives. Every partnership engagement is scanned with gender and youth focused lenses to ensure the inclusion and benefit of these groups. Moreover, identifying partnership specific value chain challenges, and yet empowering the different actors based on their specific gaps are key components of the 2SCALE implementation strategy. Such partnership implementations are anticipated to strengthen individual and collective capacity of value chain actors. Thereby, this ensures sustainable relation among actors, as bridging capacity gaps support to address challenges and foster the value chain market competitiveness.
Similarly, as part of empowering value chain actors under the EATBI-2SCALE partnership, different interventions are carried out to bridge identified capacity gaps of Bore Bako Farmers’ Cooperative Union Ltd (Bore Bako FCU). In the EATBI partnership, Bore Bako FCU is the identified partner for establishing raw materials sourcing linkage to supply maize.Bore Bako union is found at West Shewa zone, Tibe Woreda, Oromia region, and was established in the year 2010. Presently, it has 28-member primary cooperatives (with 21,748 member SHFs), and an estimated capital amounting to 16.5 million ETB (around 313,750 Euros). Out of its member primary cooperatives, 22 of them (with around 17,000 member SHFs) that have high potential for maize production are included in EATBI partnership under 6 Agribusiness Clusters (ABCs).