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African M4P meets Scottish Aquaculture

May 27, 2014 in Hub-Blog

In the UK branch of Imani, based in Glasgow, Scotland, we work regularly on Scottish private sector development projects as well as those in Africa and elsewhere: indeed, it is part of our philosophy that we don’t put wealthy countries in one box and poorer ones in another. Over the past year, we ... (more...)

Food supplement or novel food? Do you know your EU Regulations?

January 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

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 ... (more...)

Financing business in Malawi

June 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hi All, 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 ... (more...)

Interesting article on the benefits of Chinese trade with Africa

June 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Perhaps the most interesting part of this is in how few sectors in which African exports to China can be summarise. Surely the imports from China would be more varied? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18143515 ... Read More →

Interesting Malawi links, especially on Afri-Nut

December 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hi All, Season’s Greetings! I hope this finds you well – Please find below some interesting articles: 1) The latest on the Malawi trade environment – http://www.bnltimes.com/index.php/daily-times/headlines/business/30… 2) Afri-Nut – interesting ramifications explored ... (more...)

Muddy Waters in Edinburgh: Scottish Views on Inclusive Business

October 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hello All – A recent IB event in Scotland was the first of its kind, and quickly threw aside many of the IB distinctions we here might find familiar. It showed that we don’t sail in clear IB waters … there are a lot of business and development issues that are interconnected here: governance, ... (more...)

An up to date view on Aid vs Trade in Malawi

August 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

http://www.nationmw.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic… As Malawi faces some big changes in its aid and trade conditions, this article gives much food for thought. Would also be keen to hear any thoughts on trade vs the wider private sector? In Malawi we can see that many private ... (more...)

Support companies or change the business context? One BIF perspective

July 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

My colleague, Jonathan Said, and I were travelling between Lilongwe and Blantyre last week by National Coach, to save fuel and avoid queues at the pumps here in Malawi. The pleasant drive through the dry winter (well, winter by Malawi standards) countryside gave us a chance to debate alternative strategies ... (more...)

What do you buy when you are poor?

May 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’m sure this link will make you think of experiences you’ve had that are similar – http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2011/04/banerjee_and_du… There are always fascinating perspectives on why people act the way they do, or buy what they buy. Given the choice between ... (more...)

Do poor farmers really benefit from teaming up with big companies – I think so, but…

March 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hi All, See below for some fascinating research – there’s a lot to debate in here. I think it makes a general point that I would query, but some of the specifics are to my mind correct, i.e. the need for finance and organisational capacity. I am concerned that as they note there are considerable ... (more...)