Landell Mills awarded €5.5m contract to strengthen national capacities in food fortification

We are delighted to announce that the EU has awarded Landell Mills a four-year, €5.5m contract to strengthen national capacities in food fortification. We will be working in partnership with The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a world leader in this field.

Photo © GAIN

Photo © GAIN

The project aims to:

  • Support EU Delegations and national partners to design and implement food fortification programmes in order to combat micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Support policy making processes for the incorporation of food fortification into national strategies and programmes.
  • Conduct studies and research on initiatives to address micronutrient deficiencies in order to assess the relative cost-effectiveness and nutritional impact of food fortification.

The support to country-level projects will focus on building capacities to identify, design and monitor projects that aim to fortify food on a commercial scale. This will involve working with the private sector and other national stakeholders seeking to address undernutrition. Examples of projects might include fortifying flour with folic acid or iron, or fortifying vegetable oil with vitamin A.

In the first year, support will be provided to up to 13 countries (Bangladesh, Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe and DRC). In the following years this will be extended more widely.

Please contact Gemma Holloway ( if you would like further information about this contract or Landell Mills’ work related to food security and nutrition.

Find out more about GAIN's work on food fortification here.

Watch this short film to learn more about food fortification.





AgriTT partner, Natural Resources Institute, awarded Queen's Anniversary Prize




Congratulations to the Natural Resources Institute, one of our AgriTT programme partners, which has recently been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for world leading research and development work on cassava. Work for the Landell-Mills-managed AgriTT programme was included in the award submission.

More information:

Find out more about the work of the cassava programme here.

Find out more about AgriTT and the tri-lateral (UK, China, Africa) agricultural technology research it supports here.

IOC workshop encourages stronger engagement with biodiversity targets

 Integrating Natural Capital in National Accounts workshop

 Integrating Natural Capital in National Accounts workshop

The Landell-Mills-managed Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Biodiversity Programme* brought multi-sectoral decision-makers and partners together for a workshop on Integrating Natural Capital in National Accounts from 7-9 December 2015. Sixty participants from Madagascar and Comoros took part in the event, which aimed to strengthen engagement with Aichi biodiversity targets, particularly target two:

By 2020, at the latest, biodiversity values will have been integrated into national and local development and poverty reduction strategies and planning processes and incorporated into national accounting… and reporting systems.

The IOC facilitated development of national road maps for target two, which will be implemented in Madagascar and Comoros until 2020. Madagascar and Comoros have adopted the Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounts (ENCA) methodology, which was first tested in Mauritius in 2014. In Madagascar this complements the WAVES (Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services) approach, which focuses on the monetisation of nature’s resources.

More than 50% of Madagascar’s wealth is based on natural capital…  its agricultural lands, water resources, forests and mines.” (Mamy Ratolojanahary, General Director of Planning in Madagascar).

The South West Indian Ocean area is a biodiversity hotspot whose coral reef ecosystems are valued at seven billion dollars and mangroves at around nine billion dollars.

Considering ecosystems as a lever for economic performance should profit IOC members. Natural capital accounting allows measurement of the environment’s contribution to economies and growth.” (Alice Ndiaye, Standing Liaison Officer between the IOC and Madagascar).

The long term goal is to integrate natural capital into national accounts in the South West Indian Ocean area. This ties in to the IOC Biodiversity Programme’s aim, to build national and regional capacity on sustainable conservation in order to benefit the population.

*The project is supported by the European Union and covers 6 countries: Comoros. Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania. 


Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund shortlisted for 2016 British Expertise International Awards

The Landell-Mills-managed, Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund (ABIF), has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 British Expertise International Awards. The project has been shortlisted for both the Outstanding International Development in a Fragile State and Outstanding Development Project categories.

The DFID-funded project, contributed to poverty reduction in Afghanistan through pro-poor market development, driven by private sector investment. It worked through a competitive grant mechanism, collaborating with entrepreneurs to develop commercially viable investments, and support their implementation.

As a British Expertise Award finalist, Landell Mills is proud to sit alongside some of the most highly respected UK professional services companies working internationally. The award winners will be announced at a celebration dinner in April.

photos: Gulbuddin Elham

photos: Gulbuddin Elham

About ABIF: Harnessing private sector investment to drive development in Afghanistan

Designing and implementing a private sector challenge fund in Afghanistan, with its underdeveloped industrial and agricultural sectors, weak capital markets and low human capacity, was always going to be difficult. However, ABIF has proved it is possible, highlighting the resilience of the Afghan private sector.

ABIF recognised that entrepreneurs can be drivers of change due to their clear commercial interest in business models, production technologies and product quality standardisation. Rather than considering private sector actors as aid recipients, ABIF collaborated with them to integrate both commercial and development interests. ABIF’s approach has led to sustainable economic development by providing a financial return to grant recipients, while also leading to poverty reduction at scale.

ABIF’s innovative design incentivised benefits for poor workers, producers and consumers as well as for entrepreneurs who create jobs, products and services. ABIF pushed primary ownership of project implementation to entrepreneurs through milestone incentives based on financial targets.

Throughout the course of the project to date, grants of £3 million have incentivised private sector investment of £7.6 million and provided direct benefits to 250,000 workers, producers and consumers across Afghanistan. The results speak for themselves, proving that the private sector can drive development in Afghanistan.

Further information

ABIF projects online:

British Expertise International Awards:

Landell Mills wins Regional Climate-friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project (PPTA Implementation Consultants)

Landell Mills’ Asia/Pacific Division is pleased to announce its success in bidding to deliver Climate-friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project: PPTA Implementation Consulting Services for ADB in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar. The new contract, worth a total of $2.1 million is being carried out in partnership with Lao Consulting Group, TANCONS Cambodia and Mekong Economics and will run from October 2015 to March 2017.  We are seeking CVs for the positions of Lao National Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Expert and Myanmar National Economist Expert. For more information, please contact

Afghan carpet company expansion creates new jobs following ABIF grant

Great news for business development in Afghanistan.

Thanks to the Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) managed by Landell Mills, with funding from DFID, businesses across Afghanistan are growing in strength, resulting in widespread socio-economic benefits to local communities.

A shining example is the work of Sahib Zaman Carpet Company (SZCC). With the help of Landell Mills, via ABIF, SZCC is reviving cotton yarn production in Afghanistan following decades of conflict, which had damaged both infrastructure and the cotton industry.

With the help of an incentivising grant from ABIF, SZCC invested in machinery to produce its own cotton yarn and no longer has to rely on imports. This has increased both the quantity and quality of carpets it exports.

The partnership with ABIF has allowed the business to substantially expand. The most pertinent benefit has been the creation 322 direct jobs and 1000 indirect jobs – mostly filled by women.

Find out more here:

PHOTO: Sahib Zaman Carpet Company worker

PHOTO: Sahib Zaman Carpet Company worker

New research finds urine-enriched biochar significantly increases crop yield

BIOCHAR production

BIOCHAR production

The journal Agriculture has published a peer reviewed paper on urine enriched biochars written by Landell Mills consultants, led by Hans-Peter Schmidt.  The research explores the capacity of urine-enriched biochar as a slow release fertiliser, tested in a field trial in Nepal. The study found urine-enriched biochar to be 300% more effective than urine alone and 85% more effective than just biochar. This leading-edge research demonstrates the potential of low-dosage urine-enhanced biochar to increase yield in silt loam soil. A tentative explanation for this is that urine improves the capacity of biochar to capture and exchange plant nutrients.

This study is part of the Landell Mills implemented project - Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development (TA-7984 NEP) Sustainable Rural Ecology for Green Growth. The project explores the potential use of biochar as a means of building climate resilience in Nepal. Its expected impact is a more climate change resilient and productive rural sector. Anticipated outcomes are technically, economically and environmentally sound climate change responsive farming systems that can be scaled up. The project is administered by the Asian Development Bank and funded by the Nordic Development Fund. .

Landell Mills introduces a sanctions policy to guide its work

Landell Mills seeks to foster economic growth, private sector development, food security and good governance in some of the world’s most challenging environments. We conduct this work against a backdrop of prominent and stringent international sanctions, in an increasingly risk averse business environment.  

Landell Mills takes great care to abide by relevant sanctions and our recently developed sanctions policy will guide us on where and with whom we can work.

For more information please download the policy.

Landell Mills shortlisted for Regional Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project: PPTA Implementation Consultants

Landell Mills has been shortlisted for an ADB funded PPTA implementing the Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar. There are a number of International and National positions to be filled and full Terms of Reference can be found here. Expected project start date is September/October 2015 and the majority of project work is expected to be completed within 9 months of start date. If you would like to apply for a position, please send your CV to stating clearly which position you would like to be considered for.


Private equity deal for Afghanistan Business Investment Fund grant recipient

786 pharmacy. PHOTO: Gulbuddin Elham.

786 pharmacy. PHOTO: Gulbuddin Elham.

A DFID-funded Landell-Mills-managed Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund recipient, the Afghan 786 pharmacy chain, has attracted an investment by British private equity firm InFrontier.

786 employs in-house doctors who provide basic medical services, helping meet the need for healthcare in a country with just 7.26 doctors per 10,000 people. By taking a stake in the pharmacy chain, InFrontier brings capital, strategic expertise and market linkages needed to expand the brand over the next five years.

According to a recent Financial Times article, InFrontier’s founders Felix von Schubert and Benj Conway believe that attractive investment opportunities exist in Afghanistan in spite of ongoing violence. They argue that, although tens of billions of dollars of aid money has been channelled into Afghanistan, private investment is key to future economic growth.

The investment represents a significant achievement, brought about with support from Landell-Mills.

Call for proposals launched in biodiversity

The coastal, marine and island specific biodiversity management of the ESA-IO project, known as the Biodiversity Project, aims to develop and strengthen the national and regional capacities for sustainable participatory management of coastal, marine and island specific biodiversity in the islands states and coastal states of the ESA-IO region.

Its goal is to sustainably manage and exploit the natural assets of the regions to the advantage of its people. The project targets the sustainable management of regional biodiversity resources and ecosystem services. It concerns coastal, marine and island-specific biodiversity in the Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania; being the coastal and island states of the ESA-IO region.  

The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) administered project, funded by the European Union (EU) 10th EDF and implemented by the Landell Mills Consortium, has launched a Call for Proposals aimed at non -governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector under certain conditions. Potential applicants are encouraged to look at the website where the guideline for applicants can be downloaded: 

Opportunities for Monitoring and Evaluation experts

We are seeking CVs from Monitoring and Evaluation experts with experience in the Asian, Middle East and Pacific regions. If you are interested in working with our EU Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) team on short-term ROM missions, please send your CV and a brief covering email to our ROM office based in Brussels at

The qualifications required for consultants, which should be clearly indicated in CVs, are as follows:

  • At least 10 years of experience in development cooperation or in international cooperation and/or development;
  • At least 5 years of experience in project management;
  • At least 3 years of experience in results-based approaches, monitoring and/or evaluation;
  • At least 3 years of experience in Asia, Middle East and Pacific regions.

Please indicate sectors of experience (and number of years) when submitting CVs.

New Studies and Evaluations projects in Malawi and Afghanistan

The Studies and Evaluations division are looking forward to starting work on two new projects. The first is a 2015-2020 external review of Malawi’s Private Sector Development Programme funded by DFID. The project will require periodic reviews and value for money assessments over a three year period, followed by an ex post evaluation two years after completion  to review systemic changes brought about by the programme. Landell Mills will manage the project, with inputs from MarketShare Associates and Makana.

The second is a DANIDA funded study of lessons learned from implementing development cooperation in Afghanistan. The six-month project will involve desk-based research, field work and analysis to identify lessons from thirteen years of implementation, evaluation and learning. Findings will be translated into guidance to support and improve future programming.

Landell Mills donates $1000 to Nepal Earthquake Appeal

On 25 April a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Over 8000 have been confirmed dead and many have been left homeless. Major cities, including the capital Kathmandu, are badly damaged and rural areas have been cut off by avalanches. Aftershocks continue to shake the region and the majority of the population have fled their homes for makeshift shelters.

Landell Mills is currently managing two Asian Development Bank funded projects in Nepal. The first focuses on improving water security and resilience to climate change impact in the Bagmati River Basin. The second is exploring the use of biochar as part of an ecosystems approach for rural sustainable growth. Thankfully none of our Nepal team or their family members were injured in the earthquake.

Landell Mills is donating $1000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) which is working to provide, shelter, food and clean water in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. In the long term DEC will work with both individuals and communities to help them rebuild their lives.

To donate to the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal visit: