Innovating with fresh and local

Innovating with fresh and local

 

The achievements of a young woman from an ACP country is an outstanding example of the way to move forward in the transformation and processing of local products.

She set up ‘Les Jus Fresny’ four years ago, extending the life of locally-grown fresh fruit through the production of fresh juices.

The starting point was an abundance of fruit in Benin that was not eaten raw. The entrepreneur began by producing fruit juice, gradually increasing her range. “We now do fruit cocktails, to bring our special touch, to innovate a bit more,” she says.

The way forward is incremental development, using company profits to gradually increase small investments in developing a business whilst simultaneously increasing the number of employees. 

Advice to would-be small entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector: have your own ideas, learn from best practice, stay local and innovate a bit.

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New Caledonia: healthy recipes for a prosperous society

New Caledonia: healthy recipes for a prosperous society

 

A project in New Caledonia is creating a balanced food ecosystem through healthy recipes co-created by “professional consumers”.

The goal is enhanced production and use of local agricultural products. By using local products, it aims to increase food self-sufficiency in New Caledonia. The project also attempts to remedy a health problem in New Caledonia, namely obesity in children and adults due to “bad food” habits.

Implementation involves three school canteens – one in each of New Caledonia’s provinces. This project – providing innovation to the Caledonian food system through the creation and dissemination of healthy food processing – is complex and ambitious.

Its results should contribute to government efforts to increasing local food sources and in improving health, and will be one component of multiple governmental activities.

The project is within the Innovation Strategy and Action Plan of New Caledonia, with three major axes: agriculture, innovation and health. It is part of the governmental restructuring and competitiveness of the agricultural sector and the establishment of inter-branch organisations such as Cap Agro NC in the agro-food sector.

Cap Agro was established as a cluster of nine enterprises, operating in the sector of food processing, with the mission to improve the competitiveness of the members, strengthen the market shares of the local products, and to increase the share of food self-sufficiency

This unique cluster in agro-food in New Caledonia promotes cooperation with other public and private actors, including training, promotion of jobs, skills and innovation. Improving health issues – thanks to the creation of a balanced ecosystem – is a realistic objective set by an organisation which has a real leadership in this sector.

Cap Agro NC successfully managed projects with an extensive level of stakeholders’ engagement and involvement, to provide long-term results in New Caledonia: local products in school canteens and enhancing links between farmers, food processors and restaurant managers.

 

 

 

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Polynésie française : la cosmétique traditionnelle à l’honneur

Polynésie française : la cosmétique traditionnelle à l’honneur

S’il existe depuis très longtemps une pharmacopée qui recense les plantes à usage thérapeutique, les travaux dans le domaine de la cosmétique traditionnelle sont encore peu recensés dans des écrits. Le concept de la cosmétopée fait appel à des partenariats internationaux pour recenser les plantes utilisées à des fins cosmétiques et les savoir-faire traditionnels. Il a pour objectif de favoriser l’innovation cosmétique en développant les échanges entre la recherche académique et le monde industriel, favorisant les partenariats public/privé pour alimenter les entreprises, et tout particulièrement les PMEs, en nouveaux ingrédients et principes actifs d’origine naturelle dans le respect des hommes et de la nature.

Les régions du Pacifique Sud telles que les régions ultramarines françaises (Nouvelle-Calédonie, Polynésie Française, Wallis et Futuna) et d’autres comme l’archipel des îles Fiji, constituent des zones privilégiées de la biodiversité, non seulement par la diversité de la flore et de la faune (terrestre et marine) qui s’y trouve mais aussi par les services rendus par cette diversité biologique incluant les usages de la pharmacopée et de la cosmétopée qui font partie intégrante de leur patrimoine culturel.

Le cluster Tahiti Fa’ahotu, la Cosmetic Valley et l’Université de la Polynésie Française organise à Tahiti, les 22, 23 et 24 novembre 2016 le 5ème Congrès international de la Cosmétopée et les 1ères Rencontres internationales de la Cosmétopée du Pacifique.

Cet événement, vise à promouvoir les différents aspects de la cosmétopée au niveau du Pacifique et International sur les thématiques portant sur trois axes :

Axe 1 : Cosmétique traditionnelle et dermocosmétique : Biodiversité, cosmétopée – Ethnobotanique (traditionnel) Phytochimie – Ethnoscience – substances naturelles – usages traditionnels – Activités biologiques)

Axe 2 : Protection des savoirs et des échanges : Biosourcing, Nagoya (APA – ABS), culture, sécurité, législation locale, régionale et internationale, développement local, accords collaboratifs, transferts de compétences

Axe 3 : Valorisation des produits, protection des consommateurs : client, marché, sécurité, innocuité, produits finis, consommateurs, valorisation économique, procédés, transformations, formulations

Les organisateurs lancent un appel à communication ouvert jusqu’au 30 mai.

 

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Caribbean: Time to Capitalise on the Health and Wellness Industry

Caribbean: Time to Capitalise on the Health and Wellness Industry

“The time is ripe for the Caribbean to capitalise on the health and wellness industry”. This was one of the closing comments from Executive Director, Pamela Coke Hamilton in her opening remarks at the two-day Regional Spa and Wellness project closing meeting that commenced yesterday in Barbados. Hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean the Caribbean Development Bank and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), regional industry practitioners convened to review the results to date and identify the next steps of the implementation strategy to support the regions health and wellness tourism industry.

As noted by Mrs Coke Hamilton, the Caribbean has a strong history as a major tourist destination and consequently tourism is the most significant contributor to many of the economies across the region. In view of this Mrs Coke Hamilton expressed that “the onus was on us in the Caribbean to take ownership and responsibility for the diversification of the industry to ensure that the region benefits from the changing demands of visitors”.

The global Spa and Wellness industry is said to worth some $2 trillion USD according to Mrs Coke Hamilton and thus “we must address issues such as ensuring that across the region, international standards are being implemented, that the Caribbean brand is receiving adequate visibility and representation in key markets and that the policies and regulatory frameworks are in place to facilitate the development of the sector”.

Following the review of the project over the next two days including the lessons learnt across the region, the group hopes to chart a clear path forward with revision to the regional strategy accordingly to support the growth and sustainable development of the regional spa and wellness sector.

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Cayman Islands – Medical tourism a new niche market?

Cayman Islands – Medical tourism a new niche market?

The Health City Cayman Islands, a 140-bed hospital slated to open on Grand Cayman in February of 2014. The project will specialize in cardiology, cardiac surgery and orthopedics. It hopes to offer those services at 30 to 40 percent of the going market rate in the U.S., according to Manu Ramachandar, Health City’s Business Development Manager.

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