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Malaga Conference for BAM practicioners and those who coach them

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Comment by Darren Fraser on November 11, 2019 at 16:25

Thanks for your input guys. I'm based in Zambia Ian. 

Comment by Ian Meredith on November 11, 2019 at 16:10

Orgin story and transparency in food is really important.  When you are up and running if you can offer a good story then a transparency organisaiton like Haperley may be helpful to connect with.

Comment by David J Short on November 11, 2019 at 16:10

Good afternoon, Darren, You might like to check out Business Pilot for general information.  Regards, David

Comment by Ian Meredith on November 11, 2019 at 16:08

Sounds a good business.  Where are you based?   The scale you want obviously needs investment though and margins are tight in food industry, although thats robably more in retail than catering. 

Comment by Darren Fraser on November 11, 2019 at 16:06

Obviously import/export is later on down the line as the project rolls out but initially I'm looking at finding Christians willing to open up local restaurants to sell if the phase one stock from the project. Currently restaurants are enjoying a 200-309% markup on poultry meat. I'm asking myself, wouldn't it be great if that kind of profit remained in the church, for the church instead of going into the pockets of foreign restaurant chains. 

Comment by Darren Fraser on November 11, 2019 at 16:01

What would be really awesome is to find a Christian businessman who would be willing to invest in export/import of organic frozen poultry. 

Comment by Darren Fraser on November 11, 2019 at 15:57

Yes Ian, I've got a soil regeneration project using biochar and poultry litter that I'm trying to get going in rural churches. The biggest challenge is marketing the produce of frozen broilers. I'm hoping to get an outgrowers scheme going whereby the rural church will grow the birds out and the urban church will provide the logistics of marketing and distribution. All the leg work is done but the project is too big for me to handle on my own. I'm targeting vulnerable yet viable rural families that have really depleted fields. The plan is 200 broilers per family every six weeks. The volumes are blowing my mind at the moment and I'm feeling quite overwhelmed on how to get it off the ground. If I help 1000 families then I have to sell 200,000 chickens every six weeks!!

Comment by Darren Fraser on November 11, 2019 at 14:22

Thanks guys. I'm really battling to use my phone to navigate these threads. Please bear with me. I'm also in quite a remote area where signal is not that great & it takes ages to refresh pages. 

Comment by Mike Frith on November 11, 2019 at 12:07

Yes, you guys should talk because Ian has experience in international business/trade and Darren is looking to get a project set up for that purpose.

Comment by Ian Meredith on November 11, 2019 at 12:00

Welcome Darren, it is a quiet chat room, but happy for that to change


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