ProFound’s consultant Jolanda van Hal just returned from a mission to Nepal for the project “Succeeding with CITES: Sustainable and equitable Jatamansi trade from Nepal”. A good time to reflect on activities and developments in the past months. As a reminder: In this project funded by the Darwin Initiative, we are working with ANSAB, the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources and TRAFFIC International. One of the project aims is to produce FairWild certified Jatamansi by the end of 2020. Pre-audit assessment for the Jatamansi harvesting In order to see how far the project still has to go [Read more]
Did you know that commercial wild-collection in Europe is alive and kicking? ProFound senior consultant Robbie Hogervorst participated in FairWild Forum 2019 in Budapest. During the forum he visited wild collection sites near the Hungarian-Croatian border. Here Roma collectors benefit from working for FairWild-certified operations: At the time of visit, the group was collecting wild garlic. better working conditions, better and more stable incomes and fair trade premiums to invest in community projects. At the FairWild Forum, Robbie also presented how FairWild certification can support compliance to the Nagoya Protocol for Access and Benefit Sharing. Other speakers [Read more]
FAIRWILD PINE NUTS IN PAKISTAN Sustainable sourcing brings Pakistani pine nuts to greener grounds Eaten in Europe and Asia since ancient times, pine nuts are still popular in modern Western cuisine. They can be added to meat, fish, salads and vegetables, and are also in bakery products and pesto. Pine trees take a long time to reach maturity and to yield a good harvest. Investing in pine nut production requires long-term thinking. However, existing supplies have not been able to cope with increasing demand. Due to growing world demand, pine nuts are collected unsustainably from forests. [Read more]
On behalf of FairWild, Bert-Jan Ottens examined the protocols and assessed the participants of the training in FairWild Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), conducted by Klaus Dürbeck and Stefan Lermer (Klaus Dürbeck Consulting) in November 2014. The training took place in the context of a GIZ-supported programme for sustainable wild-collection in Kosovo. Subjects covered the procedures for resource assessment and resource management by resource owners and users, including field training in transects for resource measurement.
2021 Sustainable Beauty Trends: Why sustainably sourced natural ingredients for cosmetics are more important than ever
We’ve asked our consultants Nicolás Caso and Jolanda van Hal to share the main sustainable beauty trends of 2021 and why sustainably sourced natural ingredients for cosmetics are more important than ever. In this article, the two consultants share the main 2021 trends, how sustainability certifications are becoming essential to succeed in international markets, and how to meet the growing demands of international buyers. 2021 Sustainable Beauty Trends: Why sustainably sourced natural ingredients for cosmetics are more important than ever 2021 has also been an important year in terms of sustainability in the cosmetic sector. Sustainable sourcing [Read more]
It’s not about the perfect product, nor the perfect market. It’s about the perfect match. How to profile buyers for your products?
Once you’ve narrowed down your potential target market to a specific country and segment, you can start looking for potential buyers! However, not all buyers are the same and you should profile your prospects to increase your selling chances. In this article, we introduce 7 criteria to profile your potential buyers. These criteria will prevent you from wasting time on buyers that are not a good fit and will help you better understand the needs of your prospects. Before Buyer Profiling Before you start looking for buyers for your products you should assess whether you are export-ready. [Read more]