Access to Markets for Agro-Biodiverse & Natural Ingredient Entrepreneurs Our mission is to contribute to: “Local income generation and sustainable sourcing by linking agro-biodiverse and natural ingredients producers to the market” “We aim for local development that lasts, adding value for buyers and producers, on the basis of sustaining local biodiversity” Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. At ProFound, we believe that our daily work has a positive impact on society and the [Read more]
For the last ten months, ProFound’s experts together with a local Ethiopian team have been working on establishing sustainable Gums and Resins supply chains in Ethiopia and linking them to international markets. As the project is coming to an end we want to share with you some of our main achievements and learnings. Strengthening Drought Resilience in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lowlands of Ethiopia (SDR-ASAL) Ethiopia's rural areas face enormous environmental and socio-economic challenges that put the livelihoods of small farmers and pastoralists at risk (Humboldt Universität Zu Berlin, 2017). These environmental pressures have become evident through the [Read more]
Our work as a market entry expert for the project “Improving the incomes and nutrition outcomes of rural poor in Northern Kayin State” has come to an end. Workshop in Thandaunggyi township Scope of the project This project not only aimed to improve the nutritional status and WASH conditions of these farmers but also focused on improving their incomes. With the objective of improving the farmer's incomes, the project supported them to “step-up” and improve their position in agricultural value chains. ProFound´s role was to provide support as a market entry expert. We focused on black cardamom, and [Read more]
Nobel Peace Prize for the World Food Programme and the World Food Day – Let’s celebrate our #FoodHeroes!
With this short article, ProFound celebrates World Food Day. We reflect on the relevance of our work in the context of the World Food Programme´s Nobel Peace Prize. World Food Programme´s Nobel Peace Prize © Nobel Media. Ill. Niklas Elmehed. Last Friday, the World Food Program (WFP) received the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its ¨efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas, and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict¨. We at ProFound applaud this recognition; it [Read more]
ProFound's clients ProFound provides professional support to organisations and programmes dealing with sustainable development and trade promotion in developing countries. Our clients range from governmental institutions, NGOs and foundations to Business Support Organisations and private businesses. BioTrade Initiative The UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative promotes sustainable BioTrade in support of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity through a unique portfolio of regional and country programmes. ProFound has been involved with UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative since its launch. ProFound was implicated in the development of tools and systems, design and implementation of country [Read more]
Cardamom producers in Myanmar are facing challenges in accessing markets. Their main market is China, but, in recent years, prices have been dropping significantly. ProFound is supporting these producers and traders to find alternative markets. For that purpose, our consultant Jolanda van Hal travelled to Myanmar to prepare them for participation at international trade fairs. Preparing cardamom traders for trade fair participation Jolanda gave a training to the Multi-Stakeholder Platform created by SNV in the project “Improving the incomes and nutrition outcomes of rural poor in Northern Kayin State”. This training focused on different aspects related to trade fairs [Read more]