Editor’s note: This is one of a series of posts by students from Michigan State University in the U.S. and LUANAR University in Malawi who participated in the Frugal Innovations Program of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.
By Maxwell Makanda
The Aug. 17, 2015, visit was a wonderful experience to hear from both market officials and vendors about their desire for a change in how the city council addresses problems in the market and how the businesses can be improved.
This was done through a focus group discussion that aimed at acknowledging the extent of problems. The visit to the area 25A market was an eye opener to me where it was understood that some innovative thinking is needed through organization of associations that can cater for skills which are the prerequisite for managing the businesses in most efficient way.
I was very interested to note that most of the problems are emerging from the failure of communication between the city council and market officials. I think it will be best if the link between two sides is developed so that there is coordination in running the market.