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How private investment in food production can make the world less hungry

By Max Johnston

Food finances are tricky.

Funding food production in developing countries has been difficult for a number of reasons, according to Rebecca Toole, a policy expert in economics.

“Farmers may seem like risky borrowers,” Toole said. “They often don’t have a established credit history, they also might not have stores of capital they could use as collateral for loans.”

Heifer International, a global non-profit organization, uses something called impact investing. That’s where you have the private sector invest in food production, with a smaller relative return to their investment. Continue reading How private investment in food production can make the world less hungry

We’re looking for 10 ideas to make the world less hungry

 The Food Fix is launching a podcast series that steals this idea from one of our favorite prodcasters, Freakonomics.

That one is titled, “10 ideas to make politics less rotten.” The host interviews experts and others about a single idea to bring civility to politics.

We propose something similar: “10 ideas to make the world less hungry.”

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Tsoka Market innovations amaze Malawian

 

A wooden bridge connects two major sections of Tsoka market.
A wooden bridge connects two major sections of Tsoka Market.

By Baba Kayinga

Editor’s note: Students from Michigan State University and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are exploring frugal market innovations in Malawi. This is one of their reports.

On the first day of the practicum just after the classes on innovation systems and actor mapping we visited our market to observe innovations and map it.

As a Malawian I was amazed to see that our markets are full of innovations that I have never appreciated. The wooden bridges that connect the two major section of Tsoka Market (lizulu and kaunjika side) were the first innovations that I greatly admired.

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