The Business Innovation Facility

We work across Malawi, Myanmar and Nigeria, as well as through two global funding windows, to make markets more inclusive and to 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

Reducing production costs in Nigeria's catfish market

BIF has been working with catfish farmers to introduce new types of feed and innovative growing techniques. Watch this video to find out more.

Stimulating innovation in Nigeria's dairy sector

This video describes how BIF introduced napier grass as feed for dairy cows, in order to increase milk yields, and taught women how to produce cottage yoghurt to generate additional income.

From waste to wealth in Nigeria's cassava market

How BIF is improving the lives of cassava farmers in Nigeria through innovative new cassava products (video).
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: Design Consultant

BIF Myanmar is looking for a Design Consultant to review and update some existing marketing materials in the tourism market.

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.

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