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African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) to Start Training Agribusiness Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES)

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AICC is set to roll up training of SMEs through the Agribusiness Acceleration Initiative (AAI) this week.

The Agribusiness Acceleration Initiative (AAI) is a NORAD funded project that is jointly being implemented by MUSIKA of Zambia and AICC of Malawi from 2018-2020. The project aims to increase capacity of the highest potential SME agribusinesses to deliver market services to the smallholder market and build commercial partnerships between SME agribusinesses, large scale agribusinesses, input suppliers, financiers, output market players, supportive service providers and other market actors.

The initiative is envisaged to;

·    Increase small agribusinesses turnover.

·    Increase small agribusiness profitability.

·    Enable small rural agribusiness increase number of farmer suppliers/customers.

·    Facilitate small rural agribusinesses increase their range of market services.

·    Facilitate small rural agribusinesses increase their workforce.

The Initiative is using a three inter-related intervention to achieve its objectives namely:

1.  SME Training program that focuses on SMEs to be trained in fundamental business principles by project staff using recommendations from large agribusiness partners and other stakeholders

2.  SME Mentorship program that focuses on one on-one business support to be executed by project staff and service providers, supported by large agribusiness / other commercial partners

3.  SME business linkages Initiative which focuses on linking highest performing SMEs with financial service providers and potential business partners.

The initiative engages Agro dealers that are small traders and commodity aggregators, Veterinary companies and other livestock service providers as well as Mechanized service contractors who are Transporters in the agricultural market.

AICC organizes Regional Meetings for the Malawi Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

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The African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC), secretariat for the platform of Malawi Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (MRSB), invited different beef value chain players who included; input suppliers, veterinary service providers, government livestock agencies, beef retailers, large and small scale Beef producers, beef processors, Non- Governmental Organisations and many other players interested in revamping the beef sector to regional meetings that were held on 6th November at Lunzu Rural Training Centre (RTC), Blanyre for the southern region and 8th November at Chikho Hotel, Kasungu, for the Northern and Central Region.

The meetings were organized to discuss a road map with regional stakeholders for the governing and programing of the Beef platform, resource mobilization strategy, roll-out strategy and membership mobilization strategy.

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AICC PARTICIPATED IN A SEVEN DAYS CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE TRAINING IN SALIMA

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AICC participated conservation agriculture (CA) training in Salima from 2 September 2018 to 7 September 2018. The training was organized by Total Land Care (TLC) with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The training aimed at capacity building on conservation agriculture of implementing partners. The training drew participants from NEAL partners and other stakeholders in CA practices. Over eleven organization attended the training including WE Effect, Development Fund of Norway (DF), Total Land Care, TEVETA, HEIFER, LEAD, NASFAM, ORAMO (Mozambique), CFU (Zambia), LUANAR, AICC and MZADD. The training intended at harmonizing Conservation Agriculture (CA) messages and practice among the partners, climate change, conventional ridge tillage, challenges facing CA implementation and need for upscale adoption with a special practical session on CA mechanization using animal drawn rippers and tractor drawn rippers. About 60 delegates attended the training which was held at Blue waters and two days field visits to Chinguluwe EPA in Salima and Mwansambo EPA in Nkhotakota.

 

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Off Bwanje Road,
Private Bag 382,
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Malawi

Phone: +265 1 176 055/60

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