On February 21 and 22, 2018, DCED and BEAM Exchange held a two-day event in 2018 for policymakers, donors, practitioners of market systems development, and private sector development results measurement professionals. This event was about sharing practical experiences and reflecting on how the interests of organizations often overlap. Propcom Mai-karfi’s was represented by its results measurement team, presenting a session on using GIS to measure the impact of our tractor intervention. Click here to view a one page summary of the presentation.
It is International Women’s Day (IWD) today. IWD is an opportunity for the world to revive the momentum towards achieving gender equality in all spheres of life. For us at Propcom Mai-karfi, the message is the same. This year’s theme of ‘How will you #PressforProgress resonates with us. We continued to #PressforProgress in 2017 which led to economic impact for women across rural northern Nigeria. Through our interventions, women farmers are enjoying better access to affordable, quality fertilisers for their farms. They are accessing mechanised farm equipment for both land preparation and post-harvest activities. Women involved in the production of poultry and livestock are rearing healthier animals and commanding higher prices in the market.
In 2018, we plan to continue along the same lines and #PressforProgress. We will continue to work with our partners along agricultural markets and value chains to ensure women are included and can benefit, and we will continue to strive for a world where women’s productivity is adequately rewarded. To help us do this better, we launched a study towards the end of 2017 to assess the core challenges and constraints that rural women are facing particularly in the conflict-affected north eastern part of Nigeria. The study is expected to enable Propcom identify opportunities to help women progress in production, trade or provision of services in this region. Essentially, this is a key piece of research that will provide much needed data and evidence for market systems programming that can truly benefit women. We look forward to sharing the findings from this study and hope it will contribute towards our improved collective understanding and response to the challenges faced by rural women in northern Nigeria as we continue to #PressforProgress.
Happy International Women’s Day from all us at Propcom Mai-karfi.
We have come very far and under very challenging conditions, exceeding many of our key performance indicators. Our gender targets were very ambitious, particularly given the socio-cultural norms of the region in which we work. Our successes and failures have come from doing and learning, and we look forward to the next phase of the programme. Here is a snapshot of our results to date:
On February 6th, 2018, Palladium’s Peter Douglas and Collins Apuoyo spoke at a webinar on “making markets work for refugees” organised by BEAM.
The webinar explored the role of the private sector in responding to humanitarian crises using projects, including Propcom Mai-karfi, which are working with displaced people and host communities. It shared ideas and conclusions on the feasibility of market-based approaches for labor inclusion and livelihood resilience, and how markets can be leveraged so that refugees and host communities can rebuild their livelihoods. ”
Propcom Mai-karfi and our refocus on working with internally displaced persons and markets in the northeast was one of the three projects highlighted globally. To watch the webinar or download the presentations made, follow the link: https://beamexchange.org/community/webinar/making-markets-work-refugees/
“The implication of absent formal market structure in rural areas means that unlike in urban centers, businesses cannot merely rely on the usual delivery chain of production warehouse to wholesaler to retailer and to a consumer or some slight modification to this chain. Thus the rural poor are often cut off from accessing some vital goods and services. Take for example a commodity as vital to the rural poor (80% of whom rely on agriculture and local natural resources for sustenance) as fertilizer, the average rural farmer in northern Nigeria needs to travel many miles to purchase quality fertilizer. There are limitations of good access roads and commercial transport networks between their communities and the nearest town, and they are unable to afford a one-time bulk purchase to make this trip worthwhile”.
In this ‘How to!’ note, Propcom Mai-karfi’s Nonyelum Umeasiegbu shares her experience on how to tackle a commonly met challenge in market systems development. Read the full article at https://beamexchange.org/practice/how-notes/how-stimulate-last-mile-delivery-vital-goods-and-services/.
Propcom Mai-karfi seeks to engage a business consultant to conduct a business and product analysis, and develop a viable cost and profit structure for improved cook stoves.
For more information on this assignment and how to submit a proposal, follow the link here – invitation to tender. The application pack must also include a financial proposal using the template here – financial proposal template. As per the provision of the tender invitation, also follow the link here to view a sample subcontract template to be signed with the selected consultant.
The closing date for this tender is November 27, 2017.
BEAM Exchange has published a review on initial evidence around market systems approaches in a report titled The Impact of Market Systems Initiatives.Propcom Mai-karfi was one of the “markets for the poor” projects featured in the report. Click here to view or download the report.
Propcom Mai-karfi’s partner, Franchise Africa will present at the Agrique Africa Investment Summit which holds in Frankfurt, Germany between October 24 & 25, 2017. Ahead of the summit, the company’s founder Richelle Speights talks about agribusiness in Africa and on partnering with us. Click here to read more.
Propcom Mai-karfi is soliciting proposals from business consultants/consultancy agencies interested in undertaking a feasibility assessment of the NVRI vaccine production facility. Please follow the below link for more details of this assignment and how to apply.
It’s World Food Day and the theme this year is “change the future of migration: invest in food security and rural development”.
A continued increase in the world’s population and in the migration of people in search of better livelihoods; particularly from rural to urban centers, puts a lot of pressure on already scarce resources in cities. In Nigeria, over 60% of the population in rural areas depend on agriculture for their income. If we invested more in the agriculture sector, then we would be increasing food production and impacting food security and rural livelihoods, consequently reducing the need for migration.
At Propcom Mai-karfi, our work revolves around agriculture and agribusiness. We are partnering with private sector companies and government agencies to build the capacities of rural farmers on agronomic practices, to make farm and livestock inputs and services more accessible, and to stimulate thriving markets and demand for the commodities which these farmers produce. Having facilitated the investment of over 7 billion naira (£17,500,000) from our partners into the rural economy, we are working towards even bigger sustainable goals.
From everyone here at Propcom Mai-karfi, we wish you a happy World Food Day!!