We have successfully completed 700 acres potato contract farming through our potential 5,000 contract farmers and lead farmers. Our production is very high because of good quality seed potatoes "ATLAS" and it is France potato variety, production range about 18-20 MTS per acres, most of our contract farmers are quite happy to get more yields compared to last few years. Also we purchase potato from the field according to our contract agreement and we pay BDT 10.00 per kg and their production…Continue
Find out more about IAP and BIF entrepreneurs on stage at the international, high-level conference Stockholm+40 here.
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Globally there is a growing awareness on corporate sustainability i.e. organizations conducting their business in ways that will guarantee their long term operations and this seldom can be achieved without consciously creating value for the environment and community where they operate. In Nigeria business circles, there is little talk about this topic but mounting global influence especially for multinational organizations is creating a shift. Take for instance…Continue
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A couple recently travelled from Cape Town to Cairo to track down social entrepreneurs across the continent. Unfortunately this was not me, but it was the basis for an inspiring event, held in a cellar bar in central London last night. A range of development & charity professionals, as well as a healthy mix of mid-life crisis’ers and long term Gap Year nomads gathered to learn more about Nikki and Rob’s journey ‘ontheup’. The show cased projects ranging from Zambia to South Sudan, had…Continue
Between November 2011 and January 2012, we conducted a survey to find out how well the Practitioner Hub responds to the needs of our growing membership. We would like to thank all those who responded to the survey questions; the comments we received have been extremely valuable and are helping us improve the Hub to make it a useful and accessible network and knoweldge-sharing platform.
As promised when we first…Continue
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As the heat waves crash in through Bangladesh, so come in the frequent power outages. Despite the government’s multiple attempts to generate extra power for a bustling population, load shedding have become regular features of Bangladeshi lifestyle. While most of the middle and high classes tolerably live out these hourly sessions throughout the day with diesel generators and IPS systems, the case is far from the same…Continue
Check out these two publications recently launched on the Practitioner Hub:
‘Spotlight’: How does inclusive agribusiness benefit companies and farmers?
‘Portfolio Snapshot’: Agribusiness projects supported by the Business Innovation Facility and Innovations Against Poverty
With around 525 million smallholder farmers living at the base of the pyramid (BoP) in developing countries, agriculture presents huge untapped…Continue
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Early stage businesses thrive best in an environment that brings together and facilitates efficient working of all those who support and work with them. The favorite, and oft-quoted example of such an enabling ecosystem is Silicon Valley.
But there are examples closer to the developing world as…Continue
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Spotlight on Inclusive Business: What is Inclusive Business?
If you have ever wondered or been asked 'what exactly is inclusive business?', 'how does it work?' or 'what's a good example of an inclusive business venture?”, our newly launched ‘Spotlight’ “What is inclusive business?” has the answers for…
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For many inclusive businesses, consumers at the base of the economic pyramid offer a large, untapped market and a huge opportunity for growth. But reaching these consumers, particularly in rural areas, can be difficult. Low purchasing power, traditional preferences and inadequate infrastructure can create barriers which make the ‘last mile’ of distribution extremely challenging.
In order to reach this unfamiliar market, many…Continue
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The highlightof my recent week in Nigeria was working on two potential Business Innovation Facility agricultural supply chain projects. What I enjoyed most is what I learnt from the large companies involved. Both projects show a real understanding of smallholder farmer perspectives, and why contract farming can be an effective way to engage them in supply chains.
Contract farming has been defined by the FAO as ‘agricultural production carried out according to an agreement between…Continue
On the 19th March I attended a Market Linkage Tools workshop in Lilongwe. The workshop was hosted by the Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa (ACE) and the USAID funded Market Linkages Initiative Bridging Activity (MLI).
In recent years a number of new market linkage tools for agriculture have been developed and tested in Malawi. These tools have the potential to provide rural farmers with vital access to information, finance and markets; an area largely…Continue
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How are entrepreneurs providing safe water to people at the base of the pyramid? What types of solutions, what business models, and how can they scale?
These questions are well addressed in this month’s Editor’s Choice: Access to Safe Water for the Base of the Pyramid; Lessons Learned from 15 case studies.
While public water provision serves well the…Continue