ProFound’s consultants  Bert-Jan Ottens and Sacha Handgraaf supported a Helvetas training on sustainable certification schemes in the context of the Regional BioTrade Project Southeast Asia with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. The Helvetas country teams came together in Bangkok to discuss certification trajectories for the tea, spices and thanaka value chains. This will help the teams to design strong business cases for BioTrade with business support and private sector actors in Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar.

During the two day-training the teams learned more about:

  • Food safety and sustainability certifications relevant for the international market
  • How to make the link between the BioTrade principles and sustainability certifications on the market
  • The market and business case for BioTrade-related certifications

ProFound will continue to assist Helvetas in 2018 with business planning and matchmaking activities between the selected companies and potential BioTrade buyers, for example through buyer’s missions.

Want to know more about our work with Helvetas and BioTrade? See our website ‘BioTrade development in Southeast Asia’ or contact Robbie Hogervorst for more information.