Closing the financial gap through matchmaking at BioFach

March 8th, 2018|

Alterfin, Triodos and Rabo Rural Fund from Rabobank joined the financial matchmaking sessions that ProFound organises annually at BioFach. In total we made 13 matches for 9 exhibitors of our Organic Africa Pavilion.  With this service, we help to ensure that exhibitors gain access to financial solutions from social lenders and micro-financing organisations.  “The preparation of the matchmaking by ProFound was highly appreciated. We met interested and well-matched producers that we would hope to mature into opportunities for the future. The facilitation provided us with a great opportunity to meet with multiple companies that we otherwise may not have met. The meetings [...]

Results of one year NI-CheckApp: alignment with control bodies, suppliers and buyers

March 8th, 2018|

In 2017, ProFound launched the NI-CheckApp: a compliance tool for suppliers of wild-collected natural ingredients that would save time and money by harmonising multiple certification documentation. Now that we’re one year further, what have we achieved? Documentation set is complete In the past year, we transformed the concept of the NI-CheckApp into reality. The tool now boasts a complete and integrated documentation set including the operator profile for wild collection for Organic, FairWild, Fair standards and GACP. Control bodies buy into the use of NI-CheckApp Control bodies such as Control Union and IMO/Ecocert are welcoming the use of the NI-CheckApp. [...]

Organic Africa Pavilion registers record number of 820 visitors at BioFach

February 21st, 2018|

From 14-17 February, the twelve exhibitors of the Organic Africa Pavilion (OAP) met 820 potential business leads at BioFach, the highest ever since ProFound re-established the pavilion in 2016. This year, the pavilion exhibited the only suppliers from Madagascar, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Ghana at BioFach.                     Africa is a major source for organic natural ingredients and products in everyday use, such as spices and cocoa. However, African suppliers at international trade fairs are few, as there is limited export promotion support in Africa. ProFound organised the Organic Africa Pavilion for the third time in a row [...]

ProFound @BioFach: bringing African, Pakistani and Kosovar suppliers

February 9th, 2018|

From 14-17 February, ProFound will manage the Organic Africa Pavilion at Biofach. We will also support two Pakistani suppliers at the CBI stand, introduce South African and Kosovar companies to interesting partners in Europe and join in the FairWild event on Thursday 15 February. Going to BioFach? Read on to see where to find us. Organic Africa Pavilion - stand 4-359 11 suppliers from 5 African countries will exhibit their sweet and spicy products at the Organic Africa Pavilion hosted by ProFound at stand 4-359. Buyers and other visitors are welcome to smell and taste fresh papaya, wild pepper, tiger nuts, cocoa [...]

‘Sweet and Spicy’ Organic Africa Pavilion 2018 hosts 11 entrepreneurs at BioFach: stand 4-359

January 11th, 2018|

11 suppliers from 5 African countries will exhibit their sweet and spicy products at the Organic Africa Pavilion hosted by ProFound at BioFach 2018, stand 4-359. The fair will take place 14 – 17 February 2018 in Nurnberg Germany. Buyers and other visitors are welcome to smell and taste fresh papaya wild pepper fresh ginger tiger nuts cocoa beans and chocolate moringa baobab pineapple and lychee juice vanilla green and yellow beans ProFound organises the Organic Africa Pavilion for the third time in a row as interest and satisfaction from both suppliers and market keeps growing for natural ingredients from Africa. [...]

Eleven Rural Finance Matchmaking Sessions for African entrepreneurs at BioFach 2017

February 28th, 2017|

African suppliers often cannot access the necessary financial services they need; their financial position makes them too large to be targeted by development aid interventions, but too small to qualify for loans from many private banks. This space is known as the ‘missing middle.’ At the same time, social lenders in Europe and North America cannot identify a sufficient number of viable projects to fund and face high risks catering to the needs of the missing middle. ProFound contributes towards bridging this financial gap through organising matchmaking sessions between suppliers and social lenders. “ProFound provides full value chain solutions from [...]

BioFach 2017: The Organic Africa Pavilion celebrates African diversity

February 24th, 2017|

In the second year of the Organic Africa Pavilion at BioFach, ProFound brought a mix of African culture and professionalism. The pavilion’s 15 exhibitors from Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe and Mozambique displayed high-quality organic ingredients, including baobab, honey, cocoa, coffee, fresh papaya, desert date oil, neem oil and dried mango. Our authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony, organised with the Ethiopian consulate, attracted visitors and energised business-making. The participants of the Organic Africa Pavilion had excellent visibility at BioFach, and the response from visitors was inspiring. We reached more than 750 business contacts during the 4 days, of which 65% [...]

Ethiopian organic honey & beeswax enter European market

February 21st, 2017|

With support of ProFound, Ethiopian honey processors in the ASPIRE programme made great progress over the past three years. They set up organic certified supply chains, installed processing equipment, imported drums for packaging and tackled other export and quality problems in the challenging Ethiopian business environment. COMEL, Yerkisho and Zembaba Union managed to export their first containers of organic certified honey to Europe. These exports are good news for their beekeepers who benefit tremendously from the honey trade. From February 12 to 19, four Ethiopian honey processors and several government representatives visited Germany for a trade mission organised by ProFound. [...]

ProFound at BioFach: bringing organic suppliers from Africa and Pakistan

January 26th, 2017|

From 15 to 18 February, ProFound will manage the Organic Africa Pavilion with 15 organic suppliers. We will also launch an innovative integrated certification tool with the FairWild Foundation and support three Pakistani suppliers at the CBI stand. Going to BioFach? Read on to see where to find us. 15 suppliers at Organic Africa Pavilion – stand 4-269 The Organic Africa Pavilion is back at BioFach 2017. This year we present 15 suppliers from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The exhibitors will bring high quality products from all over the continent. From exciting and innovative products such as baobab, [...]

Celebrating the success of the Organic Africa Pavilion

February 18th, 2016|

We are back to the office after a successful week at Biofach where we organised the Organic Africa Pavilion for nine exhibitors from Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Senegal. The African companies took great strides at starting or even expanding their exports to Europe. Several companies received fixed orders at Biofach. In total, the exhibitors landed over 500 business leads, of which 70% represent concrete follow-ups! They presented value-added and speciality products to Biofach visitors, including baobab, honey, cocoa, desert date, neem and coffee. In the coming weeks, the exhibitors will be busy sending product and company information, quotations and samples to the potential [...]