Mhuri Enterprise: Innovating the Value Chain of Small-Scale Pig-Farms in Zimbabwe
Mhuri Enterprise had beaten the odds, and figured out a way to cut production costs to bring its pigs to market and make a profit. Small-scale enterprises faced a large number of financial, regulatory, and business barriers in Zimbabwe, a country where 70 percent of the population relied on agriculture as a source of income. Land reforms in 1998 had led to an increase in the number of small-to-medium enterprise farmers, but the lack of scale meant low productivity. This case study examines how Mhuri Enterprise, a cooperative pig farm that started with 30 families, restructured the value chain to cut production costs and established its own slaughterhouse facilities to circumvent monopolistic processing fees. The case offers a close look at the full range of fees and costs associated with a livestock ventures-including costs not unique to the situation in Zimbabwe.