Aug 30, 2012
The Business Innovation Facility supports a growing number of small projects in its pilot countries, with light touch support on different aspects of the business. Support ranges from assistance in developing an inclusive business plan, to identifying partners, to designing key performance indicators or assessing the market for a BOP product or service. Theses projects are short and do not require as much support as the longer projects, which all have a project profile on this Hub.
Kulima Gold Warehouse Receipts pilot (Ongoing)
In order to leverage the reach of their Kulima Gold shops for the ACE warehouse receipt system in Malawi, Rabs Processors wish to trial the system with five of their shops. Facility support will be used to define how the warehouse receipts system can operate in rural locations and secure approval for thissystem from key stakeholders. Training for implementation will be designed and conducted for Kulima Gold staff and a promotional campaign conducted to inform and attract farmer clients.
Charles Stewart, 'Rocket Chickens' project (Ongoing)
Charles Stewart is a Malawian chicken business that has recently been testing a "rocket furnace" heating system for their chicken brooders, a technology developed by Clioma Consulting. This approach to heating a brooder is less labour intensive, causes less chick mortality and uses significantly less wood. The environmental benefits should lead to verified emissions reductions in the form of carbon credits which Charles Stewart hope to use as part of a business model, developed with the help of the Facility, to sell the new technology to other chicken businesses.
Nyama World, Delivering a feasibility study for a beef supply chain (Ongoing)
Afrisphere Worldwide Ltd., trading as Nyama World, is a manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of high quality raw and processed meats in Malawi. Nyama World retails meat products with a focus on beef, but relies on purchasing its cattle from farms in Southern Malawi and uses third party abbattoirs.The business aims to expand into the North where beef is of poorer quality and there are few quality abattoirs or retailers. There is a good supply of cattle from smallholders, but extension support work is needed to improve the quality of the beef. This project will deliver a feasibility study examining the possibility of using the smallholder supply chain, working with local NGOs to improve livestock management and inputs, providing secure demand for the cattle farmers, and purchasing appropriate feedlots to fatten the cattle for slaughter and sale at their proposed new facilities. Nyama World will benefit from increased business and a new market in the North as well as increased control of their supply chain and improved security of supply. Farmers will benefit from healthier livestock, which they will be able to sell at higher prices, as well as from reliable demand for cattle from this new commercial sector.
Moringa Miracles, Business planning (Ongoing)
Moringa Miracles is a start up business that plans to use innovative farming and processing techniques to commercially farm moringa leaf powder, a product with multiple uses including as a highly nutritious food additive, and also press moringa oil. The enterprise will source seeds from rural communities and facilitate planting of more moringa trees to increase the potential volumes. The seeds will be crushed to an oil that has several commercial uses and also be used to grow moringa tree plantations for the company. Facility support will help develop a business plan suitable to attract investment, including the identification of local and export markets for the products.
EcoBricks, Delivering a feasibility study (Ongoing)
To ensure that there is sufficient housing for Malawi's rapidly increasing population, a Malawian NGO, CCODE (Centre for Community Organisation and Development) requires a feasibility study to examine the possibility of setting up Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln technology, an energy efficient and clean brick firing method for the production of high quality, durable bricks in Malawi. The vision behind this project is to set up a viable brick production business, creating safe and permanent employment opportunities and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to facilitate low-carbon development. Visit the events page for the public stakeholder consutation for clean brick production in Malawi.
Nali Chilli Sauce: Delivering quality training and scoping a sales and marketing plan (Complete)
Nali Limited is a Malawian chilli sauce producer that has been in operation for over 25 years. Starting as a family business, it is now in the final stages of building a new factory that will allow them to increase production volumes and meet ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) quality standards and export their products overseas. This project aims to deliver training for factory staff in HACCP and food safety standards, implement an HACCP plan and monitoring system as a step towards acquiring ISO certification, and research of overseas markets to develop a sales and marketing plan. Once implemented, this project will benefit chilli suppliers and other producers throughout Malawi.
Global Tea and Commodities: Conducting a renewable energy assessment (Complete)
Global Tea and Commodities (GTC) is an international company involved in farming, processing and trading tea, coffee and macadamia nuts. GTC currently runs three processing sites in Malawi, all of which rely on diesel for their operations. The aim of this project is to review the opportunities for implementing renewable energy technologies at these sites and assessing the potential for emission reductions, carbon credits and finance as a result. This project will produce a sustainable energy report identifying which technology is most appropriate for each site. Introducing renewable energy will contribute to reduced production costs and will provide a more reliable power supply. If successfully implemented, GTC are keen to introduce the technology to local communities where their 10,000 workers live, providing them with improved lighting, energy access and security.
Developing a sector-wide strategy for the Malawian macadamia industry (Ongoing)
Malawi is one of the world's largest producers of macadamia nuts. Developing its macadamia industry thus represents a significant opportunity to alleviate rural poverty. Current constraints faced by Malawian macadamia producers include lack of technical and managerial skills as well as limited research and development support. The Business Innovation Facility is supporting two macadamia industry experts to develop an industry strategy for the Malawi macadamia sector which will then be disseminated and discussed with stakeholders in two workshops. The aim of this project is to devise an integrated strategy and gather industry buy-in in order to attract the funding required to implement it. Once implemented this, strategy will benefit commercial and smallholder macadamia farmers through increases in both yields and profits. Read more about this projcet in our interview with Nick Evans, the entrepreneur behind the projct, or in his recent blog series. You can also download the strategic plan for this project.