Posts by Erik Mandell
Competitive Co-Advantage: In an iDE initiative ‘farm business advisors’ help deliver products and profits to Cambodian farmers
Lors Thmey, which means "new growth" in Khmer, teaches local entrepreneurs to become farm business advisors (FBAs). That means that in addition to selling products to farmers, they’re trained to be consultants, too. As a result, farmers produce better crops and make more money, and the FBAs expand their businesses and boost their incomes, too.
Helping Coffee Farmers Turns Competitors into Colleagues: How big names in coffee are fighting hunger through enterprise
The Coffeelands Food Security Coalition is comprised of big names in coffee such as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Starbucks, Counter Culture, Farmer Brothers, S&D Coffee, and Sustainable Harvest. They’re partnering to fight hunger and expand economic opportunities for coffee-producing families through its inaugural project, "Empowering Food Secure Communities."
How a Mobile Airtime Vendor Became Zimbabwe’s Fastest-Growing Bank: EcoCash has reached a million subscribers in less than 6 months
Money is whizzing through the airwaves and cell towers of Zimbabwe, as a mobile cash transfer system is on track to become the country’s biggest bank. EcoCash, a mobile money transfer service operated by telecommunications company EcoNet Wireless Zimbabwe, has reached a million subscribers in under six months since its launch.
Two recent articles, "The Itty-Bitty Multinational" in the Atlantic by Elizabeth Littlefield, the president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corp.; and by Coca-Cola Chairman and Chief Executive Muhtar Kent in BBC News, examine new ways of thinking about how home-grown businesses, entrepreneurs, and multinationals can both succeed at business and best serve consumer demands.