Promising Natural Ingredients in Regional BioTrade Programme Southeast Asia

ProFound and longstanding partner Klaus Dürbeck Consulting have joined forces with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation in a SECO-funded Regional BioTrade Programme in Southeast Asia, which started in September 2016. In the first stage of this Programme, we are identifying promising natural ingredients from Vietnam, Lao PDR and Myanmar, by assessing their export potential. Teams in the respective countries are interviewing local companies and stakeholders to provide input from the field. In October 2016, ProFound’s BioTrade expert Bert-Jan Ottens and associate consultant Nuning Barwa travelled to Hanoi to train and prepare these local teams for their fieldwork.   ProFound calculated the Export Potential Index of BioTrade products [...]

December 6th, 2016|

ProFound joins Helvetas in regional BioTrade in Southeast Asia

ProFound has joined forces with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and our partner Klaus Dürbeck Consulting for a Regional Biotrade Programme in Southeast Asia, specifically in Vietnam, Lao PDR and Myanmar. This four-year programme is funded by SECO, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. The programme aims to create biodiversity-related economic opportunities in Vietnam, Lao PDR and Myanmar, by creating business models for sustainably sourced, traceable and value-added natural ingredients. Such ethical Biotrade business models will aim to create functional economic relations between local communities, processing & exporting SMEs, and international buyers. The Biotrade business models will comply with national and international [...]

August 19th, 2016|

Finalising the inception phase of the Regional BioTrade Project

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and ProFound collaborated closely on an Export Potential Assessment (EPA) in the Regional BioTrade project in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar). Since September 2016, ProFound consultants and Helvetas national teams have identified bottlenecks and possible interventions through desk research, fieldwork and verification missions. ProFound worked together with the Helvetas teams in researching the possibilities for BioTrade. Their help with the desk research, field work and reporting has been very useful in the completion of the inception phase of the project. - Tuan, Le Anh, Deputy Project Manager, Regional BioTrade Project Southeast Asia, Helvetas Vietnam The combination [...]

May 3rd, 2017|

ProFound´s first verification mission to Vietnam for BioTrade project

ProFound consultant Robbie Hogervorst visited Vietnam as part of the Export Potential Assessment for the Regional BioTrade project in Southeast Asia with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. At the end of last year, we identified promising BioTrade products from Vietnam, Lao PDR and Myanmar, by assessing their export potential. BioTrade is defined as the trade of products that are native to a country and maintain or enrich its biodiversity. In Vietnam, Robbie and the local Helvetas team verified the outcomes of this research. The team talked to companies and other stakeholders, such as government institutions, through individual interviews and a roundtable. "During [...]

January 23rd, 2017|

About Us

ProFound is a consultancy company. From its beginnings as a pioneer in natural ingredients trade promotion in 1990, ProFound has grown into a team of experts in developing sustainable value chains for natural ingredients for food, cosmetics and health. Mission “Local income generation and sustainable sourcing by linking natural ingredients producers to the market” ProFound assists entrepreneurs in emerging markets in the natural ingredients sector. We help to capture economic opportunities from production to market entry. We aim for local development that lasts: adding value for producers and sustaining local biodiversity. Our value chain development services range from market and gap analysis, business planning, to [...]

September 19th, 2016|

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http://thisisprofound.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/market-potential-tool.png May 2017 ProFound's Market Potential Tool now covers both US and European market. In the trade fair season, ProFound consultants are supporting suppliers at various international fairs to enter the European market. We have even started organising the Organic Africa Pavilion at Biofach 2018. We are also looking forward to start working in Eastern Indonesia for the World Bank and to find opportunities for Pakistani and Cambodian suppliers of value added rice products. Sign up for our newsletter http://thisisprofound.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/PF_Biofach_2017_Booth_004-e1489507933953.jpg February 2017 In the first two months of 2017, ProFound consultants travelled to [...]

July 24th, 2016|

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