PROGRAM UPDATE! The 2017 Making Markets Matter program has just ended. We will soon announce dates for the 2018 Making Markets Matter program. Stay tuned for more information! In the meantime, please read below for general information about the Making Markets Matter program.

Overview

MM Inc. offers all-encompassing business training, including marketing, strategy, financial analysis and supply-chain management. Our ultimate goal is to identify a set of strategies that will help entrepreneurs recognize market demand and meet their customers’ needs, in the process offering employment and promoting economic opportunities in their communities and the region. As such, we customize our training programs to meet the exact needs of the participants, taking into consideration their level of existing training, business experience, industry, and geographic location. MM Inc. has organized and facilitated large-scale programs (75+ participants) as well as smaller training events including mentorship programs available for individuals businesses. To date Market Matters Inc. has trained over 2,000 individuals/businesses.

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What is Making Markets Matter (MMM)?
In 2001 Market Matters Inc. recognized the need for a high-quality and comprehensive agribusiness training program targeting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets, particularly in Africa. This recognition led to the creation of Making Markets Matter – an annual program that provides agribusiness executives an introduction to the key building blocks of business management, along with the opportunity to network with industry stakeholders, fellow business leaders, and other agribusiness practitioners. To date, MMM has been offered in Africa, and has trained close to 2,000 businesses in its 15 years of operation. What started with a small initiative with about 30 participants has grown into a well-known, selective agribusiness training program that trains over 75 businesses at a time. Since 2013, MM Inc. has also been involved in business training programs in other emerging markets in Asia.


Who is MMM for?
Over the fifteen-year span of the program, we have provided business management training to SME agribusiness owners and managers as well as representatives of the public sector working in the area of SME development from across the African continent. We have worked with individuals along the agribusiness supply-chain, from farmers to business owners producing value-added food products. Every year we strive to increase the participation of women business owners, still underrepresented in the African agribusiness sectors.


What makes MMM unique?
We have worked hard to build a unique program that offers benefits that are not readily available to SMEs in Africa today.

  • High caliber facilitators: The program is facilitated by an international group of development practitioners, all recognized leaders in their fields of agribusiness management, food technology, biotechnology, and finance, among others.
  • Emphasis on hard and soft skills: While we start with the fundamentals of business management (marketing, strategy, financial analysis, and human resource management), we enhance these by adding sessions on soft skills such as leadership and business negotiations.
  • Leveraging relationships to help businesses: MM Inc. staff and facilitators have a wealth of knowledge about and linkages to research institutions, financial service providers, multinational corporations, and development agencies.
  • Business-to-businesses networking: Our program presents a rare opportunity for African SMEs to network with each other.

FACILITATOR PROFILES

The MMM education program draws on the experience and talents of Facilitators who represent a wide range of professional and geographic backgrounds, who are leaders in their fields and offer the “best in business thinking” to program participants. The availability of a large Facilitator pool enables us to design a program that best meets the needs of participants.

Michael Brown
Michael Brown

Agribusiness Consultant, USA

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Joyce Cacho
Joyce Cacho

Chief Sustainability Officer, Novus International

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Linley Chiwona-Karltun
Linley Chiwona-Karltun

Researcher, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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Dr. Ralph D. Christy
Dr. Ralph D. Christy

Founder, CEO, & Chairman of the Board

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Njeri Gakonyo
Njeri Gakonyo

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Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson

Director of Corporate Safety, Frito-Lay North America

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Dean Mohammad Karaan
Dean Mohammad Karaan

Dean of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

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Dr. Ndunge Kiiti
Dr. Ndunge Kiiti

Senior Director for Partnerships at MAP International

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Dr. Edward Mabaya
Dr. Edward Mabaya

Research Associate, Cornell University

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Dr. Jose Jackson Malete
Dr. Jose Jackson Malete

Deputy Director of Research, University of Botswana

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Pete Ondeng
Pete Ondeng

Founder and CEO of Africa Partnership Advisors Ltd. (APA)

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Dr. Onkutlwile Othata
Dr. Onkutlwile Othata

Professor, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Botswana

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Dr. Quinetta M. Roberson
Dr. Quinetta M. Roberson

Professor of Management, Villanova University School of Business

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Professor Robert Rugimbana
Professor Robert Rugimbana

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Dr. Krisztina Tihanyi
Dr. Krisztina Tihanyi

Chief Operating Officer

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Dr. Norbert Wilson
Dr. Norbert Wilson

Assistant Professor of Agribusiness Management in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Auburn University, Alabama.

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INVITED SPEAKERS AND GUEST LECTURERS

Besides the Facilitators, invited speakers also enrich participants’ experience at our training programs. The invited speakers represent a wide range of backgrounds from CEOs of multinational companies to academics who offer fresh perspectives and inspiration for participants. Previous speakers include:

Dr. Akin Adesina
Dr. Akin Adesina

Vice President (Policy and Partnerships), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

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Sarah Bimbona
Sarah Bimbona

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Dr. Sebastian Chakeredza
Dr. Sebastian Chakeredza

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Gracian Chimwaza
Gracian Chimwaza

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Joyce Chitja
Joyce Chitja

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Ceiwyn Craig-Moore
Ceiwyn Craig-Moore

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Dr. Johan van Deventer
Dr. Johan van Deventer

Managing Director, Freshmark (South Africa)

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Professor Joseph Diescho
Professor Joseph Diescho

Director and Head of International Relations and Partnerships UNISA (South Africa)

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Rechi Dlamini
Rechi Dlamini

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Dr. Dilip Gokhale
Dr. Dilip Gokhale

Senior Advisor, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

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Stephen Hobson
Stephen Hobson

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Cecilia Khupe
Cecilia Khupe

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Mr. Han Kim
Mr. Han Kim

Information Technology Consultant, Cisco Systems (USA)

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Ms. Venete Klein
Ms. Venete Klein

Executive Director, ABSA Bank (South Africa)

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Moshisi Lehlongwane
Moshisi Lehlongwane

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Professor Leapetswe Malete
Professor Leapetswe Malete

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George Marechera
George Marechera

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Mr. Strive Masiyiva
Mr. Strive Masiyiva

CEO, Econet (Zimbabwe)

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Dr. Margaret Matanda
Dr. Margaret Matanda

Professor, Department of Marketing, Monash University (Australia)

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Mr. Zhann Meyer
Mr. Zhann Meyer

Regional Head for Commodity Traders and Agriculture for Africa, Standard Chartered Bank (South Africa)

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Thulasizwe Mkhabela
Thulasizwe Mkhabela

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Emelda Dikeledi Mosime
Emelda Dikeledi Mosime

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Dr. Emelly Mutambatsere
Dr. Emelly Mutambatsere

Senior Research Associate, African Development Bank

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Eunice K. Mwongera
Eunice K. Mwongera

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Mr. Christo Nel
Mr. Christo Nel

Founder and director, Village Leadership Consulting (South Africa)

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Dr. Rosa Rolle
Dr. Rosa Rolle

Agricultural Industries Officer, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (Thailand)

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Mr. Shepherd Shoniwa
Mr. Shepherd Shoniwa

Managing Director, Easigas Pty (Ltd.) (South Africa)

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Dr. Carlos da Silva
Dr. Carlos da Silva

Agribusiness Economist; Rural Infrastructure and Agroindustries Division, FAO (Italy)

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Lulama Ndibongo-Traub
Lulama Ndibongo-Traub

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Dr Aissetou Drame Yaye
Dr. Aissétou Dramé Yayé

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