"Sylvia Banda is an Ashoka Fellow on the frontline of this rapidly changing economy. She is simultaneously tackling issues of agricultural education, training and market demand all through the medium of promoting local food in Zambia. On the base level, Sylvia educates farmers in techniques to preserve surplus foods so she manages to guarantee their nutrient value. She also organises farmers into clubs – the structure enables them to harness a collective selling power, far stronger than their individual power.
Agriculture and Agro-processing
It’s been over seven years since a strategic partnership was established between Firmenich, a leader in the flavor and fragrance industry and one of the world’s largest buyers of sustainable vanilla; DANIDA, the development arm of the Danish Government; and Uvan Ltd., Uganda’s local vanilla processor. This partnership, rooted in the core competences of each partner, aimed to create a sustainable supply of Ugandan vanilla.
WBCSD have produced an IB case study focusing on Mondi, an international packaging and paper group. We documented how Mondi Zimele, part of Mondi South Africa, addresses the limited economic opportunities of rural communities through job creation and small business development. To date, the program has supported over 80 small and medium enteprises with an employment footprint reaching over 4,200 people and a collective annual turnover in excess of US$ 61 million.
A summary of the study is presented below: Mondi Zimele: Encouraging independence through enterprise in South Africa:
Yeukai Togonera is a Nutrition Network Officers (NNO) with Milkzim. She purchases milk from Milkzim’s wholesale outlet in Harare and sells packets of Merilac fermented milk to consumers living in various high density, low income suburbs in Harare. In 2012, Milkzim adopted the inclusive business approach for the distribution and retail of their products. To date over 100 NNOs have been trained by Milkzim on how to handle and sale milk efficiently and hygienically according to food regulatory standards.
Here is Yeukai’s story: from extreme poverty to economic independence……..
This report summarises the findings from the first phase of the ‘From Islands of Success to Seas of Change’ learning initiative on scaling inclusive agri-food markets. The initiative aims to improve understanding of how agri-food markets can contribute, at a significant scale, to food security and rural poverty reduction while still building profitable commercial relations.
In late 2012, Knowledge Transfer Africa (KTA), an indigenous knowledge systems company launched eMkambo, an interactive electronic knowledge-sharing platform for the agriculture sector in partnership with software developer Afrosoft Holdings.
Having been closely following this development, NewsDay columnist Omen Muza (ND) recently caught up with Charles Dhewa (CD), KTA chief executive officer and eMkambo founder and asked him about eMkambo’s progress so far, its linkages with other key market infrastructure and its prospects.
For its second major event of this year, the Inclusive Business Forum of Zimbabwe decided to feature the experiences of six of the organisations with whom SNV Zimbabwe has worked in Zimbabwe, providing technical and/or financial assistance in terms of their Inclusive Business Scan and/or Capacity Building Grant facilities. Some organisations have also used the CREATE Fund (progress on which was reported in our March Newsletter).
The IB projects presented included the following:
How mobile technology helps tackle age-old challenges - Connected Agriculture. Posted by Editor's Choice Posted by Editor's Choice on November 2, 2011 - The Practioner Hub For Inclusive Business and Business Innovation Facility
It is not often that a set of promising practical solution are posed to challenges as deep and ingrained as those facing smallholder farmers and inclusive business. ‘Connected Agriculture, this month’s Editor’s Choice, highlights 4 critical ways in which mobile technology can benefit farmers and agribusiness.
Hindustan Unilever: Sustainable Sourcing of Tomatoes in India
By 2020 we will source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably: 10% by 2010; 30% by 2012; 50% by 2015; 100% by 2020.
The World Bank claims that supporting smallholder farming is the best way to stimulate economic development and reduce poverty. Hindustan Unilever (HUL) aims to source 100% of its tomatoes from sustainable sources by 2015. In 2011, 60% of tomatoes used in Kissan ketchup in India were from Sustainable Sources.
Matanuska and the Smallholder Rusitu Valley Banana Association in Zimbabwe
Since 2007, over 300 smallholder banana farmers have secured a market with the biggest banana company in Zimbabwe, Matanuska.