The Business Innovation Facility

We work across Malawi, Myanmar and Nigeria to make markets more inclusive and generate increased incomes for the poor, whether producers, consumers or employees.

Where we work

The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) is currently working in multiple markets across three countries - Malawi, Myanmar and Nigeria - as well as through two global funding windows. 

Click on the link below to learn more about where we're working, who we're working with and why.

 

Projects

Regional Rice Export Market Research

This report analyses the regional rice export market for Malawi.

Malawi Off Grid And Phone Charging Survey

Survey results of household lighting technologies, habits and expenditure in Malawi

Household Solar Products Business Dialogue Forum in Malawi

This Summary Report captures the key discussions at business dialogue forum in June 2016
I realise that if I change my behaviour and take the time to show others HOW to do things, I can get better results.

Garment Factory Training Participant, Myanmar

Resources

Terms of Reference: Productivity, HR and Compliance Specialists

BIF Myanmar is recruiting Productivity, HR and Compliance Specialists to provide technical assistance to local factory service providers in the garments market.

BIF Toolkit - How to set up a Travel Hub

Are you interested in setting up a Travel Hub? Read on! A Travel Hub is a place where visitors can get accurate information about accommodation, transportation, local activities and, where appropriate, Myanmar-wide travel. Travel Hubs are located in places that tourists typically congregate - coffee shops, motorbike rental shops or restaurants. They are designed to provide an additional stream of revenue to a business that already has a reliable client base of tourists. Furthermore, host businesses benefit from enhanced marketing, capacity building for staff and potentially becoming part of a nation-wide network.

Whither Private Extension Model? Private Extension and Productivity of Smallholder High Value Agriculture Farmers in Kenya

This case study describes the rationale for providing private extension, the implementation, the impact achieved, and the lessons learned. This will be especially useful for stakeholders in the value chain, including offtakers, extension service providers (both public and private), inputs suppliers, and stakeholders considering implementing similar strategies. BIF piloted two contract farming interventions that involved the provision of private extension services. In these two interventions, BIF’s focus was on the avocado and mango value chains.

Viable or Premature? Contract Farming, Smallholder High-value Agriculture, and Household Welfare in Kenya

This case study describes the rationale for contract farming, the implementation of the intervention, the impact achieved, and lessons learned. This will be useful for stakeholders considering implementing similar strategies. The two interventions involved the production and marketing of mango and avocado through contract farming in Kenya.

Myanmar’s Tour Guide Industry: Opportunities for Tourism-Led Poverty Reduction

This report investigates and maps the current tour guide situation in Myanmar. Capacity issues, gaps, strengths, challenges and opportunities are identified and market change for the poor is discussed with examples of how tourism can produce direct, indirect and dynamic effects.

TERMS OF REFERENCE: KENYA TEA SWAPS MARKET LEAD

BIF is recruiting a Market Lead to join the Kenya Tea Swaps Project team. The project focus is on designing and piloting the use of swaps as a mechanism to purchase tea at the Mombasa auction. The market lead would be responsible for running campaigns to identify and communicate with key stakeholders in the tea industry to ensure that they are bought-in to the concept of tea swaps.

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