Research Africa effectively engages the ‘Base of the Pyramid’, people living on or below US$2 per day, as social agents by participating in incentive-based surveys and working to create new economic opportunities for people living in poverty. In exchange for their feedback, respondents receive mobile phone credit for participating in market surveys.
MBADIFA Enterprises Limited is the business subsidiary of Mbarara District Farmers’ Association (MBADIFA). Following an extensive market study in 2010, surveying MBADIFA members and other key stakeholders with the aim of determining farmers’ needs, it was concluded many of the identified challenges facing the agricultural sector in Uganda could be solved through business solutions.
Eight million Ugandans depend on banana production as a source of food, income and employment. Due to lack of certified pest and disease free planting materials, banana production is declining. The impact of pests and diseases can be significantly reduced by the use of certified banana planting materials. That is exactly what BioCrops Ltd is developing.
In operation since 1995, Principal Company Ltd has primarily dealt with the importation and sale of bakery ingredients. Despite providing a steadily growing business over the past decade, Principal Company has noted the potential market in Tanzania, and East Africa more generally, to process and sell products themselves, which they currently import.