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Case Study Fiji

Innovating private sector engagement in the Indo-Pacific region

Take a step-by-step journey into the world of MDF Fiji in a new case study. Explore detailed insights into the key processes underlying MDF’s work, from assessments and partnership design to implementation and results measurement; the results it has achieved so far; its organisational and multi-country set-up, and the lessons it has learnt on each aspect of its approach.

Agro-inputs Business Association 

Businesses working together to strengthen agriculture in Timor-Leste

Major agricultural inputs suppliers and retailers across Timor-Leste met for the first time in mid-November to agree on a common vision for the agro-inputs business in the country and the formation of the first business association for the industry. The workshop organised by MDF saw all 21 agro-inputs retailers and suppliers keen to form a national level Agro-Inputs Business Association in Timor-Leste. Read the full story here.


Sweden gets a taste of apricots from Pakistan

Organo Botanica, an exporter of organic dried apricots from Pakistan’s remote northern Gilgit-Baltistan region to premium international markets, exhibited at the Nordic Organic Food Fair in November in Malmö, Sweden. “Participating in the Fair has given our business and our products credibility with buyers,” said Emaduddin Ahmed, CEO of Organo Botanica. “Through interacting with buyers and other sellers, we gained a good idea of the market trends and requirements and the price points at which other sellers are offering their products.” Read the full story here.
Sri Lanka
From conflict to paradise: Exploring the potential for tourism in Eastern Province

Join a team from MDF Sri Lanka as they explore the Eastern Province region to understand its potential for tourism development. Eastern Province is one of the war-affected zones of Sri Lanka and carries many untold stories, untapped beauty and untouched beaches. Due to three decades of civil war, few visitors made their way there. Read the full story here.

Blog: Beam Exchange
A growing knowledge base on WEE: Exciting developments supported by Australia's Aid Programme


"The ‪Australian Government's aid programming is at the forefront of leading-edge work that can contribute to systems thinking and the integration of women’s economic empowerment (WEE)," says Dr Linda Jones on a new BEAM Exchange blog. "MDF has taken on a strong leadership role in the integration of WEE approaches into its programme frameworks and interventions on the ground." Read the full story here.

Visit: Export Markets 

Minister Steven Ciobo visits Ben's Trading in Fiji

A group of Australian MP’s led by the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Steven Ciobo visited the Ben’s Trading (BTL) processing facility in December. They heard of the impressive growth experienced by BTL, an indigenous Fijian business, over the last decade. BTL has expanded its supply of root crops into new export markets in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Read the full story here.

Country Strategy
MDF's private sector development in Pakistan

In Pakistan, MDF aims to create approximately 6,000 additional Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs and increase incomes for 72,000 households, potentially reaching up to 500,000 people over a four‐year period (2013 – 2017). To achieve this, MDF stimulates growth in sectors that represent a major part of the economy, have long‐term growth prospects and are relevant for poverty reduction. The three sectors initially chosen in Pakistan are Dairy and Meat, Leather, and Horticulture. See the full report here.

Case Study: Beam Exchange 

Overcoming soil acidity in Fiji

Better known for tourism, Fiji also has a sizeable agricultural industry growing everything from sugarcane, coconuts and cassava, to sweet potatoes and bananas. Yet this success has come at a price as the country’s 65,000 farming households have gradually seen increasing soil acidity contributing to lowering yields and threatening the future of farming itself. The common solution to acidic soils, agricultural lime, is expensive to import and not well known among farmers. MDF Fiji has partnered with Standard Concrete, a leading concrete block manufacturer, to invest in national agricultural lime production, promotion and distribution. Read the full story here.

Publication: Strategic Guidance Note

MDF results estimates for five countries 2011-2017

MDF has recently published a new strategic guidance note outlining its estimated results for five countries up to June 2017. It is estimated that MDF will measurably improve the livelihoods of over 238,000 poor women and men in five countries between 2011 and 2017, positively impacting the lives of more than 737,000 people including household members. Read the full report here.

Faces of Pro Poor Growth

Boosting the agricultural sector through entrepreneurship: Regina Peloy, agricultural supplies retailer – Timor-Leste

"The struggles I faced taught me how to become entrepreneurial from the very early days of my life” said Regina Peloy, talking about her journey into selling agricultural supplies and equipment in Timor-Leste. Read the full story here to learn how businesses such as Regina’s are joining forces to form Timor-Leste’s first agricultural supplies retailers association to help strengthen the countries agricultural productivity. 

National Geographic features MDF partner Talanoa Treks 

“Take adventure way above sea level on Tomanivi, 'the roof of Fiji,' located on the main island of Viti Levu. Often surrounded by cloud cover that gives hikers a reprieve from the sun’s strong rays, the more than 4,000-feet-high peak offers a rainforest landscape with citrus trees, purple wildflowers, and a playlist of parrot calls.” But the article warns, “The very bold can attempt to trek Fiji’s highest mountain alone, but tour operator Talanoa Treks works with guides who’ve spent their life on Tomanivi, and who can help visitors avoid repeatedly falling in the mud on the way down.” See the full article here.

MDF partners take out business awards in Fiji

Standard Concrete Industries receives manufacturing exporter of the year award at the Prime Minister's Exporter of the Year Awards. At the same event special recognition awards were given to partners, Ben’s Trading and United Apparel. Also at another event Coconut Kids Fiji received the top award from Fiji Development Bank’s Small and Medium Enterprises awards.


Upcoming Events

  • Digital workshop for MDF Fiji's tourism partners: 26 February 2016
  • Women's economic empowerment workshop with Pacific Women: 3 March 2016
  • DCED: Global Seminar on Results Measurement: 14-16 March 2016


MDF stimulates investment, business innovation and regulatory reform to create additional jobs and increase income for poor women and men in rural and urban areas in the Indo-Pacific region.


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