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This is a space for collaboration surrounding the Timor and Malawi Agriculture projects. 

These projects are all about understanding the nature of agriculture in Malawi and Timor, exploring the opportunities that exist. 

Having conducted this activity in other countries, we will be focusing on the viability of our experimental farms and whether there is a good product-market fit for the existing FarmEd model.

Watch this space for updates from the team and be sure to share your ideas or post questions.

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The Feb Agriculture Assessment team is wrapping up our month here in Malawi! It has been four weeks of maize, meetings, market analysis and more maize. After achieving four of our five monthly goals, it is safe to say that this team is plum-tuckered.  After the decision was made to cease operations on the farm, our monthly goals pivoted to focus more so on empathising with smallholder farmers, gathering important data from agriculture research stations and developing an understanding of...

Georgie Scott
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The close of week one here in Malawi has seen the Agriculture Assessment team making a tough decision; to cease operations on our experimental plot. This was not an easy decision, particularly when considering the dedication and hard work of both the December and January teams. Nevertheless, time is of the essence when working on the ground. As a team we decided that the value gained from the farm no longer warranted the sheer amount of time we would be investing into it. Perhaps most...

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The Agriculture Assessment in Malawi has reached the end of an incredibly rewarding month. The month was primarily spent  maintaining the experimental farm that was implemented in December, investigating the food supply chain in and around Blantyre, and building a network of contacts within the agricultural space who can further the development of our blueprint product . The team travelled out to our experimental plot in Nsambudzi on a weekly basis in order to care for the farm, and...

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  The January Agriculture Assessment Team here in Malawi continued to develop a three-pronged solution to various pains faced by smallholder farmers. Firstly, the farming blueprint would seek to address issues of yield size, consistency of produce throughout the year and nutritional variety of crops. This would be complemented with a consultancy service for ongoing tailored support of the farmers. Finally, a distribution service would seek to alleviate issues of access to markets and provide...

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Agricultural Assessment team is wrapping up for another month in Timor-Leste. Its been another incredible time on project and it’s ridiculous to reflect on what can be achieved in as little as two months from the projects beginning. The team has been small but fierce with three trekkers smashing out goals like its nothing. The main focus for the month was to continue understanding the supply chain in Timor as well as develop and execute steps towards implementing a version of FarmEd...

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For the purposes of understanding the supply chain of agriculture better, ag assessment has been conducting visits to restaurants, markets and supermarkets. The goal of visiting 50 chain participants is almost touchable at this point with only 14 to go! We definitely found this activity very useful for understanding the relationship between participants better but there are still some areas left to explore. WHAT WE KNOW: The group designed a market survey form which...

Behshid Golshani
by Behshid Golshani
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How much will the possible success of the experimental farm effect the distribution chain in Malawi? Malawian supermarkets and food chains are importing produce from South Africa because of the quality that goes through markets. Not generally because of the price. Having large commercial farms throughout South Africa makes quality produce easy to achieve with an added benefit of relatively low costs. Through this, imports are bought and brought into Malawi to sell instead of local produce....

Jayden Husson
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The Ag Assessment team in Timor have been fast at work since day 1 of project. The team is focussing on empathising with all local farmers, collecting data from suppliers/providers in the agricultural sector as well as exploring avenues to acquire land for a demonstration plot. The following is a short summary of things the team has achieved and organised in project so far.   1)     Land for demonstration plot: The team is hoping to have several leads for a plot of land...

Behshid Golshani
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There can be a tendency to want to be perfect. To create the perfect product to fulfil our business’ value proposition. Howard Moskowitz, a researcher, food consultant and psychophysicist, researched and demonstrated in the 1980s that creating the perfect spaghetti sauce for Campbell’s Soup was not the most profitable option. Rather, segmenting their product line and creating a new product of extra chunky sauce (for those consumers who liked it chunky ’n’ funky) was best. This generated...

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Week one started fast for the agriculture team here in Malawi, with the team taking community members from the Nancholi region to the experimental farm in Nsambudzi on the first day of Project. The Nancholi region has been highly involved in the empathising and ideate stages of the experimental farm blueprints over last July and December, and even offered a plot of land for the experimental farm back in July. Despite not using this plot of land in Nancholi, it is important to continue to...

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