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.