The visit to the markets of 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 Maxwell Makanda

10th August, 2015

It was a wonderful experience to visit some of the markets within Lilongwe city to have a feel about the market system in Malawi. During the visit a number of things were noted in the areas of selling, planning of the market, sanitation, innovative way of marketing, quality control and customer care.

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Preparing for the unknown

Alyssa Cleland
Alyssa Cleland

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 Alyssa Cleland

8/8/15
One eight-hour flight down, one 8 hour flight and one 4 hour flight to go. With all this traveling, we’ve got plenty of time to think. I’ve come to the conclusion that I really don’t know what to expect in Malawi, and I’m ok with that. I’d like to think I can sort of picture what it will look like, but in the past while traveling abroad, my expectations don’t often match reality.

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Market assignment

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 Joel Phiri

At the closure of the session on the 11th of August, 2015 group names for specific market visits were announced and my group (myself, Christine and Flora) was assigned to Area 47 market.

It is a small and slow market but with numerous problems. Regardless of this it is somewhat clean and the sellers are friendly and organized.

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Market visits 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 Joel Phiri

Market visits were made on the 10th and 11th of August 2015 with the aim of familiarizing ourselves with the market situations in Malawi.

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Mzungu in the 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 Vinjeru Nyirenda

The first day of meeting the MSU students was interesting. I enjoyed the little exercise we conducted on what we have in common. We got to know each other and interacted well as colleagues.

The second day presentations were made for a clear understanding of the Practicum as well as expectations during and after market visits. The visits to the markets were interesting because the MSU students were fascinated by the open market, especially the colorful display and packaging.

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