Electricity, water, food processing are market needs

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 Jodie Zhu

After reading so much about the informal markets, today we finally made it to Lilongwe food markets. We visited the new town market Tsoka and the central market in Lilongwe old town, and three local supermarkets, including the People’s, Shoprite, and Chipiko.

According to the LUANAR students, food vendors originally sold their products along main roads. The Lilongwe government then created a market space and organized the street vendors in order to avoid danger, and that the marketplace is nowadays what we call the wet markets or the informal markets.

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A tale of two markets

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 Kevin Mills

To say the culture is different would be an understatement. Today was my second full day in Malawi and the first experience within the markets.

Yesterday we were able to meet with the LUANAR students, get to know each other, and familiarize ourselves with where we were staying. I was not quite sure what to expect, but so far nothing too extraordinary has happened. We lost power last night – just a circuit breaker – when we walked out to investigate it, one of our neighbors in our dorm, Aaron, just said “Welcome to Africa.”

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High hopes for market solutions

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 Lindsay Strong

8/10/2015

Muddy alleyways outlined with trash smoothly laid against the ground. Vendors aggressively shouting at you to buy products from them; “hey beautiful sister; come see these tomatoes- you buy?”

The foreign smell of Malawi markets, filling my lungs. I was yet to accommodate myself to the hustle and bustle of Malawian people sweeping past me.

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The start of Lilongwe market visits

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 Christie Kang’ombe

August 10th was a very exciting day. Not only did we all converge in class together for the first time, we also had the chance to explore the Lilongwe main markets.  I must say, I was quite blown away by some of the observations my team and other teams made. Being a local, I guess I have been turning a blind eye towards some of the issues.

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Musings in Malawi: A first look at markets in Lilongwe

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 Trish Abalo

7:14pm. (Translated, in my head- “East Lansing: 1:14pm. I hope Gaby has eaten lunch.”)

I woke up with my head on the dinner table, a few minutes ago – not even remembering slipping into sleep. My notebook is saturated with illegible scribbles, deep underlining, and perhaps overly enthusiastic arrows. Mcmillan gave us a candle to greet the darkness, but it’s folding itself neatly into a little puddle.

I’m exhausted; slightly overwhelmed; the power is out for the second night in a row. And I honestly wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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