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BCom alumni receive honourable mention in NextBillion Case Writing Competition

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Alumni Sarah Proctor and Jen Vagg, together with Prof. Geoff Archer, received an honorable mention for their case document about micro business in Tanzania. See below for a summary of their entry, read the full announcement or read a feature article on their work.

Title: “Mushrooms as a Viable Product for Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania”

Case Summary: Simon Mkao, a part-time accountant and part-time mushroom supplier, is acutely aware of the issues surrounding mushroom production in Tanzania. His dream is to create a social enterprise with large economies of scale for farmers. Mkao has one month to write a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Tanzania to secure funding for moving forward. With more than 200 farmers dispersed across 15 villages in the Kilimanjaro region, he faces the challenge of individual versus collective action. Cultural implications are also constraining Simon’s ability to choose the most effective business model for the smallholder farmers. Simon Mkao, a part-time accountant and part-time mushroom supplier, is acutely aware of the issues surrounding mushroom production in Tanzania. His dream is to create a social enterprise with large economies of scale for farmers. Mkao has one month to write a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Tanzania to secure funding for moving forward. With more than 200 farmers dispersed across 15 villages in the Kilimanjaro region, he faces the challenge of individual versus collective action. Cultural implications are also constraining Simon’s ability to choose the most effective business model for the smallholder farmers.