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December 2011 Blog Posts (20)

YamBEEji rice intensefication

I am so happy to read about the rice project in Asia particularly Indonesia and India. The objective of your project is exactly what we are trying to achieve here in Zambia, we are working with farmer groups who have been cultivating rice using conventional methods on the plains of the Zambezi river and have been producing low volumes such as 1.2mt per hectare. We also started farming in 2006 partnering with a group of farmers to produce rice and later on bought a rice mill to polish it for…


Added by Chibbonta Chilalal on December 31, 2011 at 11:14 — 5 Comments

January 2012 Editor's Choice: Mission, Margin, and Mandate: Multiple Paths to Scale

Taking innovation to scale is much discussed, but not well understood.    So it is refreshing to get analysis from Acumen Fund, of 3 strategies that have worked. 


This month’s Editor’s Choice focuses on ‘mission, margin and mandate’  as three routes towards the ideal of scale and sustainability.


At first sight, the authors, Brian Trelstad and Robert…


Added by Editor's Choice on December 30, 2011 at 23:08 — No Comments

YamBEEji Rice Contracts over 240 farmers for new rice variety

YamBEEji Honey and Rice has multiplied new rice variety in zambia in the last season amounting 1mt are used it to contract new farmers in non rice traditional flooding rice growing areas, this has attracted many people in the country. The company has also partenered with Lumwana Mines in its effort for social responsibility were farmers are being supported in rice growing and upto 30 farmers have been adopted to grow the new variety for the first farmer, and in mufumbwe over 50 farmers have…


Added by Chibbonta Chilalal on December 30, 2011 at 17:33 — 2 Comments

Mumbai and Delhi: Dalberg holding events for the G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation

Dalberg Global Development Advisors will be hosting two events in India for potential G20 Challenge applicants and other members of the inclusive business community. Events will take place in Mumbai and Delhi in January.


The G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business…


Added by Rachel Wolf on December 21, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

Interesting Malawi links, especially on Afri-Nut

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 -

2) Afri-Nut - interesting ramifications explored in…


Added by Andrew Parker on December 21, 2011 at 9:58 — 1 Comment

Short-term role for web-developer on the Practitioner Hub

The Business Innovation Facility and Innovations Against Poverty are recruiting for a web-developer/designer to work on updating the Practitioner Hub.  This is a short-term project estimated to take approximately 10-20 days, with additional days as needed.  Work will commence in the first week of January with the aim of a newly updated Hub going live in the third week of January.  The Practitioner Hub is built on a NING platform, so familiarity with this would be an important…


Added by Practitioner Hub on December 21, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Brilliant toolkit for SMEs

Rather late have I discovered that IFC in partnership with IBM has developed the SME Toolkit. A number of very useful and practical tools are available to download for free online.

For example - those of you who may have felt like landing on Mars when asked to do a full fledged business plan including cash flow and balance sheet - here you find the templates where it is all calculated for you, as long as you have the numbers!…


Added by Ruth Brannvall on December 20, 2011 at 10:03 — No Comments

Business and economic empowerment of women

What is the relevance of this to Mary and her new born baby Mathilde who I met on in Zambia in September?  Mary is just 15. She lives with her parents, her brothers, her sisters in a poor family. Like the other 500 million girls in the developing world, economic empowerment for Mary means access to finance, the labour market and economic decisions in the home. Like most girls Mary carries the burden of unpaid care work - child care, food preparation, fetching of water and…


Added by Marie Staunton on December 19, 2011 at 13:59 — No Comments

Two IAP projects showcased in UNFCCC good practice database

Two IAP-funded projects have been featured in a database of case studies devleoped by the UNFCCC under its Private Sector Initiative. The database showcases HiNation's solar lighting initiative in Zambia and…


Added by Innovations Against Poverty on December 14, 2011 at 15:48 — No Comments

News: 30 M Rural Poor in India and South Africa to Benefit from Banking Services

New York, 14 December 2011—Two companies announced today they will be providing banking services to more than 30 million low-income people in India and South Africa by 2015 through their commitments to the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative that encourages private sector efforts to fight poverty, supported by several international organizations including the UN Development Programme (UNDP).



Added by Lorin Kavanaugh-Ulku on December 14, 2011 at 12:52 — 1 Comment

Setting the baseline for a new cassava supply chain in Malawi

When will the project reach break-even, how many smallholders will directly benefit, what additional income can they expect and what are the potential impacts on the food production and packaging industry in Malawi and the Southern Africa region? 


These were just some of the issues discussed last week between the BIF team and Universal Industries, when setting the …


Added by Carolin Schramm on December 12, 2011 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

e-Krishok: Leading towards ICT enabled market linkage for Farmers

e-Krishok is a highly innovative program linking existing infrastructures and investments into as a network for providing two way business support for Bangladesh's farmers. 


Developing from a successful pilot phase in 2008 and with support from and partnerships with Katalyst, Grameenphone, ACI and others e-Krishok has just launched its nationwide scaling up initiative to bring information and other services to rural…


Added by Md Shahid Uddin Akbar on December 12, 2011 at 11:44 — No Comments

More companies apply for funding

Innovations Against Poverty received 236 applications when the second application window closed end of November. 108 small grant applications and 122 concept notes for large grants were submitted from 40 countries.

Find out more here.

Added by Innovations Against Poverty on December 9, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

ColaLife wins global health innovation award

MMHEALTH Winners' Badge

ColaLife is one of three winners of the Boehringer Ingelheim/Ashoka Changemakers 'Making More Health'award announced today, 8am EST. Jean…


Added by Simon Berry on December 7, 2011 at 13:19 — No Comments

Going Local News


Alvin Rosenbaum

Senior Research Scholar

The George Washington University School of Business

A key indicator of success among SMEs in emerging…


Added by Alvin Rosenbaum on December 6, 2011 at 13:24 — No Comments

Bumper Crops - Good News or Bad?

Bumper Crops - Good News or Bad?


A report on BDNews24 Warehouse packed with rice, import zero! says that Bangladesh does not need to import rice in 2012, the staple food of the 148 million population, for the next year, unless there is a natural disaster. But this is not necessarily good news for the farmers who grow rice.



Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on December 3, 2011 at 14:55 — 2 Comments

Problems with links in the Hub Update - working version attached

All members of the Practitioner Hub should have received our monthly update yesterday.  Apologies that many of the embedded links do not work.   We are working to solve the problem and resend it.

Meanwhile, a Word version is attached here with working links.…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on December 2, 2011 at 10:21 — No Comments

What does climate-smart agriculture mean for business in Sub-Saharan Africa?

17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened its doors in Durban, South Africa, on Monday. One topic set to be at the heart of this African hosted summit is ‘climate-smart agriculture’ (CSA). Recent workshops with business in Malawi and Kenya have looked past the talking, to what CSA means in practice on the ground.

In September an African ministerial conference on CSA was held in preparation for COP17. The…


Added by Jack Steege on December 1, 2011 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Views of Practitioner Hub members

We seek your views and feedback to help us improve the Practitioner Hub.  The Hub has grown and evolved a a great deal in the past year, but there is alot further to go.  So every member is receiving an email this week from Keystone Accountability, seeking your views.

We have commissioned Keystone to conduct this survey because they are an indepdendent organisation skilled in analysing networks and how they cater to members's needs.  They will also help us benchmark our own results…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on December 1, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

Climate change: what does it mean for inclusive business?

With the17th Conference of the Parties in Durban already underway, climate change is at the top of the international agenda this month.  While government delegations from across the globe will be doing the hard negotiating and brokering of agreements, representatives from the private sector will also be present and actively shaping new strategies for climate mitigation, adaptation and sustainable growth. 


Given the growing number of projects in climate-compatible development…


Added by Practitioner Hub on December 1, 2011 at 7:07 — No Comments

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