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Micro-website:  Fiji Case Study

Innovating private sector engagement in the Indo-Pacific region

MDF has launched an interactive microsite for its major case study on Fiji. Shifting from conventional viewing, the site takes readers on an engaging journey into the world of MDF and private sector development in Fiji. Enter the site here.

Event: Fruit in Pakistan  

Dates from Balochistan, apricots from Gilgit exhibited at Food and Agri Expo

In Lahore, MDF exhibited at the Food and Agri Expo in April showcasing how connecting remote fruit businesses to major urban and export markets is creating opportunities for local fruit farming and value addition in Pakistan’s borderlands. Australia’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Ms Margaret Adamson and the Punjab Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Taxation and Excise all popped into the buzzing exhibition. See the full story here.

Gender Equality Fund

WEE learning from across all MDF Countries

MDF has been awarded AUD $800,000 through the Australian Government’s Gender Equality Fund (GEF) over two years to develop partnerships with the private sector that deepen MDF’s impact on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). The GEF activities build upon the experiences of MDF’s broader WEE implementation work. It is building a wide range of different business models that help women as suppliers, producers, traders, employees, business owners, entrepreneurs and consumers. WEE data is also proving commercially valuable and influential for businesses across MDF countries as seen in this story.

Partnership - PNG

Village Huts to boost numbers for local tour operators in PNG 

A local adventure and backpacker tourism operator launched its new accommodation and tour booking website, in March, supported by MDF. The new website is expected to boost tourist numbers to existing destinations, open up new and unexplored tourist areas and increase incomes for villages and communities located in tourist operator sites. Read the full story here.

Latest thinking from MDF at the DECD Global Seminar on Results Measurement

This photograph of MDF partner Adi Chocolates in Fiji was one of six winners awarded at the DCED Global Seminar in March. MDF featured heavily across the conference with staff from Fiji, Pakistan and Timor-Leste presenting on MDF’s results measurement systems, thinking and implementation on WEE, attributing impact to MDF’s interventions as well as how MDF has built a transformational multi-country learning culture within its programmes. Read a full wrap of the event here.

Sri Lanka  

MDF to focus on tourism and related sectors in Sri Lanka

Tourism is one of Sri Lanka’s fastest growing sectors and job creators and pivotal to economic transformation. The continued success and growth of tourism and its related sectors – and export-led growth more generally – is dependent on business investment and innovation in four thematic areas including: tourism, business activity in lagging areas, ‘Sri Lankan-made’ products and digital capability. MDF is already working with some exciting business models including to revive aquaculture using giant freshwater prawns in underutilised reservoirs across the country, and a plastic recycling venture and support to an international travel bloggers conference. See the MDF Sri Lanka country overview here. 

Cyclone Winston
On the eve of Cyclone Winston Talanoa Treks scoops top Fiji tourism award

In February the biggest cyclone ever to hit the Southern hemisphere decimated parts of Fiji. The storm wiped out agriculture and tourism ground to a halt with damaged infrastructure. But businesses are bouncing back and one of the worst affected areas around Rakiraki is continuing to break new ground by marketing the region as a wedding destination through Tourism Suncoast at a recent wedding expo. One of MDF’s horticulture partners has shown great resilience after extensive nursery damage by re-growing and now assisting the relief effort by supplying 20,000 seedlings to farmers though an EU programme. Read the full story here.

Agribusiness Timor-Leste 

The first agro-input business association formed

Agro-inputs wholesalers and retailers formed the country’s first industry business association in late March to strengthen their business networks and provide a united front for agro-input traders to work collectively for a common vision – to move the agriculture sector into a more commercial and sustainable future. The National Agro-Input Business Association of Timor-Leste (known as ANSA) is made up of businesses engaged in the trade of agricultural inputs, including a variety of crops and vegetable seeds, fertilisers, crop protection products, agro-tools and livestock inputs and has the backing of government and the wider development community. Read the full story here.

Exposure Photo Essay
The chili farmers of Kunri, Pakistan  

The small town of Kunri in Southern Pakistan is known for production of a unique and popular variety of chili. Farming is mostly carried out by women, but due to high levels of aflatoxin occurring in the chili during the drying processes, export potential is limited. Through its partnership with National Foods, MDF is helping improve production and drying techniques for farmers who can now sell their chili for a higher price. See the full photo essay here


Faces of Pro Poor Growth

IT rolling out improvements in Fiji’s garment industry

As a fresh IT graduate, Sanjeshni Singh never dreamed she would join the garment industry. But after she got a job as a Pattern-Designer at a local garment manufacturer and eight years at one of the bigger garment manufacturers in Fiji, she joined Hydra Sports in 2015. Read the inspirational story about how Sanjeshni, who comes from a sugarcane farming background, is now applying her IT skills with the help of new specialised software in Fiji's garment industry. Read the full story here.


Upcoming Events

  • Fiji Tourism Expo: 3-5 May 2016
  • Fiji Digital Marketing Strategy workshop: 23 May 2016
  • MDF Results Measurement training in Sri Lanka: 15-27 May 2016


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