Interesting post (and larger report) from CAFOD: looking at the importance of MSMEs and the constraints on their development. A neat summary pie chart highlighting issues many of us will be familiar with.
Posted on November 22, 2013 at 12:11
On my travels, I’ve met with many incredible people in the agro-food industry, from CEOs to smallholder farmers, who are determined to get their products to market and to earn a good living in doing so. But often the product falls down for some quality or certification requirement in the destination market that has not been appreciated by the producer.
I know that many people in Africa and Asia are suspicious of the EU and US trade barriers on such matters, but I can confirm from…Continue
Posted on January 8, 2013 at 20:41
You might be interested in this recent document on entrepreneurship from the IFC - it seeks to showcase how large businesses and others can work with BoP entrepreneurs.
Posted on November 23, 2012 at 10:24
Financing business models is a challenge in Malawi, and has been recently raised again by the Government as a key challenge. I read an article about a Nigerian entrepreneur as follows:
"Mr Okoloko began his Africa Dream by raising the capital needed to buy the plant through shareholders and eight commercial banks.
But he says ultimately turning a failed asset into a successful one came down to having strong human resources and understanding the…Continue
Posted on June 1, 2012 at 11:33 — 1 Comment