Agricultural Business Development

LOCATION

Malawi

DATES

Limited positions available for December, January & February.

PRICE

SITUATION

Project Everest is dedicated to helping realise the Sustainable Development Goals. Of these goals, Project Everest has been working on goal two, Zero Hunger: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. The July team’s ideate stage led to the securing of two, one acre plots of land to conduct the Experimental Farm concept. This provides opportunities in Farm Development, Agriculture Market Optimisation and FarmEd Business Development, requiring students with skills in business, finance, process and product optimisation, agriculture and supply chain logistics.

MISSION

Project Everest is developing a number of social businesses working to improve agricultural practices across a number of developing nations. The aim of these agriculture projects are to encourage micro-enterprises in local communities through the development and optimisation of farmland and the supply chain associated. Through the concurrent development of the farm, market research and analysis and the FarmEd consulting services, we will be able to effectively increase income of smallholder farmers (80% of Malawi’s population are smallholder farmers) and increase food security through more stable domestic food supply.

OBJECTIVES
  • To begin investigation of the food market supply chain structures, how we can enter it to ensure farmers are able to sell their produce and reduce Malawi’s reliance on exported foods (ie. Go through required processes to become a produce provider to public market places, restaurants, hotels, export markets)
  • To analyse and understand the business complexities associated with the Blantyre food market and ease of penetration
  • To iterate and develop the business mechanics of the existing FarmEd concept to tailor it to the needs of Malawi
  • To develop and expand new and existing relationships within the agriculture sector, government and communities through creation of MOUs, partnership agreements and formal meetings
OPPORTUNITY

The experimental farms, combined with an effective understanding and entry of the food market in Malawi will look to increase farmer’s income by 2-8 times (depending on their discipline to utilise our taught methodologies). This will, in turn, increase the stability of food prices in Malawi due to more consistent supply and reduced reliance on export markets.

With further development of our FarmEd consulting services, Project Everest will be well placed to democratise agricultural advice through current and newly emerging technologies present in Malawi.

Academic Credit

All academic credit is subject to approval by each university. Please contact the relevant faculty to apply for academic credit.

SCIE292 / SCIE392 INTERNSHIPS
The Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health offers two internship subjects, one at 200-level and one at 300-level, that provide research experience opportunities for strong students to develop and hone their practical and research skills. Through an internship subject, students with an interest in research have an opportunity to gain experience “at the bench” or “in the field” as part of their research training. Students must have completed 48 credit points, 24 of these must be SCIE.

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Enrolment in this subject enables you access to an OS-HELP loan. For more information on OS-HELP loans and to apply, please click here.

ENGG454: PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
As a requirement for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering, students are required to obtain at least 12 weeks approved professional experience in a relevant industry during the course and submit a report to the satisfaction of the Discipline Directors of Studies. A Project Everest Project can account for 4-6 weeks of your professional experience requirement. Students must have completed 48 credit points towards their degree.

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CRLP200/201: Careers Ready Learning and Practice
UOW Careers Central offers this internship subject to all undergraduate students who have completed at least 72 credit points and have a weighted average mark of 60 or above. It can be taken as either a 6 or 8 credit point elective subject depending on its suitability with your course.

In CRLP200/201, students develop their ability to plan and manage their career and must complete a work experience component. A Project Everest project can account for this requirement.

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COMM391: Professional Experience in Business
Students who have completed 96 credit points including all Business 1st year core subjects can take part in a career ready learning elective, regardless of their degree that will count as credit and provide access to an OS HELP loan.

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Enrolment in this subject enables you access to an OS-HELP loan. For more information on OS-HELP loans and to apply, please click here.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Macquarie’s Global Leadership Program is an extracurricular program that can be undertaken alongside any degree at Macquarie. The Global Leadership Program has been designed so that students not only learn global skills and understanding – but put them into practice by studying, volunteering and participating in activities in Australia and overseas.

The GLP awards credit for academic and cultural experiences with an international component or cross-cultural focus to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

By engaging in a range of internationally focused activities, Macquarie students get real experience at applying the concepts of cross-cultural understanding, all the while enhancing their resume.

A Project Everest Program may be attributed towards your GLP requirements. We encourage you to contact GLP staff directly to inquire further.

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Please note there is no formal partnership between Macquarie University and Project Everest.

ANFR4001 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
Students completing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BScAgr) degree at USYD are required to complete at least 40 days of approved professional experience, plus at least one Faculty Excursion. This experience is to be undertaken during vacation period and is part of a program of a 6 credit point unit of study entitled professional development (ANFR4001) that they complete throughout their degree.

A minimum of 15 days of the 40 day requirement must be completed as ‘On-Farm’/Field. The remainder is completed either on another on-farm/field placement or with organisations involved in agriculture, business, research and the resource industries and is known as ‘graduate’ experience.

Project Everest allows for BScAgr to undertake professional development counting towards 20 of the 40 days with 15 days contributing to the compulsory on farm days and 5 contributing towards non-farm days.

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SCIENCE INTERNSHIP
This course had been developed for students who find a work placement / internship either unpaid or paid and would like to receive academic credit for the placement.

This course will enable students to explore and gain a practical understanding of the requirements and expectations of the professional workplace through experiential learning. Students will develop their knowledge, capabilities and employability skills. Internships/work placements enable students to gain practical, supervised experience in the work place.

The course is available to domestic and international students. If a domestic or international student wishes to undertake an overseas work placement extra conditions will apply before the placement is approved.

Students must have a WAM of 65 with no more than 1 fail or above and have completed 48 units of credit to be eligible for this course.

Permission to enrol in SCIF2199 will only be granted if the work internship/work placement is compatible to the student’s major.
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Engineering Professional Experience

A core part of a Bachelor of Engineering is the completion of at least 12 weeks of industrial experience. This fulfills one of the requirements of accreditation from Engineers Australia.