“We believe that there are a great many more opportunities for small-scale farmers to be more actively involved in aquaculture and poultry value chains,” explains Frank Tembo of CASA Malawi. Frank and his team are scouting for more partners in aquaculture and poultry value chains to facilitate this approach in Malawi.
Frank continues, “We are looking for around 10 sound business ideas that can create opportunities for smallholder farmers at scale. We can provide the technical support and help unlock finance for the most commercially viable models.”
This opportunity is open to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), farmers organizations and cooperatives.
Last year the CASA Malawi team developed strategies for the aquaculture and poultry sectors. Both strategies seek to deepen the commercial participation of small-scale producers in viable input and output markets. The strategies propose that key sector organisations and enterprises will need support to access finance to commercialise new and inclusive business models.
Frank concludes “We are now looking for around 10 more partners to put the strategies into practice. We are sure that there are great new ideas that deserve investment. There are also other initiatives that have already been implemented and have the potential to work with many more small-scale farmers and SMEs. Finally, many organisations will have piloted business ideas in the past that hadn’t worked as anticipated. We are well placed to examine the evidence from these schemes and reboot them so that they can thrive.”
SME-led business models
Producer organisation-led business models
Business enabling environment
CASA Malawi’s sector aquaculture and poultry development project
Enterprises and farmer organisations have until 29 March 2021 to contact the CASA Malawi team with their submissions.
Frank Tembo became the manager for CASA Malawi in early 2021. Frank is an agricultural economist. His career has been dedicated to improving food security livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Africa. He also has experience of enterprise development, local value chain development and technical assistance across public and private sectors.
CASA Malawi is delivered by NIRAS. The priority sectors for investment in Malawi are poultry and aquaculture.