Malawi

Jun 04, 2020
The Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program was a seven-year USD 19 million program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which included a USD 50 million Loan Guarantee Facility (LGF) backed by the Overseas Private investment Corporation (OPIC). AIMS utilized a market systems approach to support agribusiness small and medium enterprises (A-SMEs) in Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi to increase their volume and value of trade. One of AIMS’ objectives was to improve the capacity of A-SMEs by connecting them to quality business advisory services providers (BASPs) who deliver services—including business planning, financial management and bookkeeping, and branding and marketing—that can help A-SMEs increase sales turnover, reduce costs,... Read more
Oct 04, 2019
Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) works to bolster trade in key agricultural sectors, grains, pulses, dairy, and horticulture in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by increasing access to financing and markets for small and medium-sized agribusinesses. AIMS is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and includes a loan guaranty facility backed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Video produced by Global Communities Visiting International Professional, Henry Tenenbaum.  
Jul 09, 2019
By Karla Yoder, Global Communities Economic Development/Workforce Specialist This blog was originally published on Marketlinks.org Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded initiative to promote trade in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by increasing access to finance and markets for agricultural small and medium enterprises (A-SMEs). AIMS was not initially designed and implemented as a market systems development program. The original interventions relied primarily on direct and supply-driven services to A-SMEs and financial... Read more
Jul 13, 2018
This post was written by Karla Yoder, Economic Development Specialist at Global Communities and originally appeared on Feed the Future Agrilinks As market systems development practitioners, we take a holistic approach to project implementation. Our value chain projects address market constraints at many levels including within the enabling environment. However, the focus of our facilitation efforts often remains on value chain relationships perhaps due to the need to achieve rapid and easily quantifiable results. While sector strategy development or policy reform efforts take time, they can be more effective than facilitating new market relationships in attaining the sustainable impact we are looking for.... Read more
Oct 12, 2017
Enterprising Africa: Where Strong Systems Boost Business By David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities  |  This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post.  This year in Tanzania, a business-to-business forum brought together nine buyers and processors, 15 sellers of non-refined sunflower oil and oil seeds, and 14 representatives from two agricultural cooperatives. This forum resulted in 10 sales agreements worth $31.5 million. This was one of six such forums; in total they yielded deals worth $105 million. These are the kinds of businesses in emerging markets that are making a huge difference in the lives of thousands of people. They are wealth-creating and employment-generating, in this case... Read more
Sep 11, 2017
Building Small Agribusinesses in East Africa Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) is a five-year initiative of Global Communities to bolster trade in key agricultural sectors, grains, pulses, dairy, and horticulture in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by increasing access to financing and markets for small and medium-sized agribusinesses. AIMS is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and includes a planned $50 million loan guaranty facility backed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Small and medium-sized agribusinesses (A-SMEs) are a potential driver of inclusive agriculture-led economic growth, but they face constraints – including inadequate financing, lack of... Read more
Sep 11, 2017
Building Small Agribusinesses in East Africa Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) is a five-year initiative of Global Communities to bolster trade in key agricultural sectors, grains, pulses, dairy, and horticulture in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by increasing access to financing and markets for small and medium-sized agribusinesses. AIMS is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and includes a planned $50 million loan guaranty facility backed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Small and medium-sized agribusinesses (A-SMEs) are a potential driver of inclusive agriculture-led economic growth, but they face constraints – including inadequate financing, lack of market information, lack of market orientation, limited market linkages... Read more
May 17, 2017
The Key to Agricultural Financing: Unlocking Lending in East Africa  Across Africa, agriculture comprises a nominal percentage of the banking sector’s loan portfolio compared to its share of the gross domestic product. This asymmetry is largely due to perceived risks of agribusiness finance. While a number of banks are starting to realize that agribusiness can be a viable sector, wider-scale lending has been stymied by limited understanding of the dynamics of agriculture within the banking sector. To help banks better serve the agribusiness sector, Global Communities, through its United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program, worked with the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) and Financial... Read more
Apr 27, 2017
AIMS Program: Developing the Horticulture Sector in Malawi By Deborah Kafanikhale The USDA-funded Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program, implemented by Global Communities (GC) since September 2014 in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi, facilitates agribusinesses to access markets and finance as a way of bolstering domestic, regional and international trade of agricultural products. In Malawi, the program targets grains, livestock and horticulture value chains.   The agriculture sector plays a significant role in the economy of Malawi. It employs about 80 percent of the workforce and accounts for almost 40 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. For many years agriculture has revolved mainly around two crops, maize and tobacco. Maize is the focus of food security... Read more
Mar 09, 2017
Economic Development Factsheet Global Communities’ economic development programs aim to catalyze sustainable and inclusive economic growth by strengthening the capacity and integration of economic actors to effectively pursue market-based opportunities. Our programs increase incomes and support local economies through assisting in the development of micro, small and medium-size enterprises; strengthening household resiliency; fostering private sector-driven workforce development; creating expanded access to financial services; and supporting local governments in creating business enabling environments—being especially mindful of the needs of youth, women and marginalized groups. We use a systems-based approach that... Read more
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