Mfk observations haiti march 2012

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Mfk observations haiti march 2012

  1. 1. MFKHaiti: Observations March 2012 Paul Kindl Suzanne Langlois Linda Locke
  2. 2. Cap-Haitien
  3. 3. Our Mission Meds & Food for Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of Haiti’s malnourished children and othernutritionally-vulnerable people.
  4. 4. Four Primary Functions• Peanut procurement/processing• Agriculture development• Capacity building for feeding programs• Research and development
  5. 5. Two defining moments last week: --increased production -- signed contract with UNICEF
  6. 6. What does today’s changing pricing model mean for our goal of economic sustainabilty?
  7. 7. MFK will be the largest buyer of peanuts innorthern Haiti. What are the implicationsfor our organization as a primary driver of the regional peanut market?
  8. 8. How does our commitment to using 50% Haitian peanuts impact our financial stability today and in the future?
  9. 9. Peanuts are a commodity on the demand side. We are a producer but not a price-setter because of who our new customers are. What are the implications for the future?
  10. 10. Do we need to think consciously about our work culture so we can hire the best people in the face of increasing competition?
  11. 11. What functions are crucial for success inthe new factory? Peanut procurement? Production planning?
  12. 12. Jamie Rhoades and Tom Stehl will boleave by the end of the year. How will transfer their knowledge?
  13. 13. As the new factory and new equipment enable us to increase volume ten-fold,how do we manage the production cycle to ensure our customers are satisfied?
  14. 14. We are ramping up two productssimultaneously. What are the production and distribution implications of dual product lines for the new factory?
  15. 15. Will today’s vision sustain us for tomorrow?

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