ProFound can count on a solid network of partners that has been built through multiple projects for more than 30 years. We benefit from a wide variety of partners, such as universities, governmental institutions, consultancy companies and foundations.
In addition, the team has built a database with contact persons within key European companies at various positions: product formulators and R&D, purchasing, sustainability, quality control and marketing. Currently, this database includes more than 1,000 contact persons within the food, cosmetics and health (ingredients) industry.
Anteja is a woman-led consultancy and technology company on a mission to build transparent and sustainable bio-based value chains. Anteja empowers organisations and businesses in 25 countries across Africa, Europe and Latin America and offer digital transparency tools to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economyRead more.
AgroEco-Louis Bolk Institute
In 2016, ProFound and Agro Eco-Louis Bolk joined forces to launch the Organic Africa Pavilion at Biofach to promote Africa as a source for high-quality organic products. Every year since then, AgroEco partners up with ProFound to bring african companies to the pavilion.Read more.
Since 2003, Blue Rhino is facilitating and promoting financial service provision to SMEs in rural areas in Southern and East Africa. Blue Rhino has a strong track record in enhancing affordable and appropriate access to finance for farmers and agro-entrepreneurs not easily reached by established microfinance institutions and banks.Read more.
CATIE is the research centre focused on research and education in the management, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in Central America. CATIE and ProFound combined Central American, European and international expertise of the natural ingredients sector.Read more.
- biodiversity-friendly cocoa and cocoa products;
- FSC-certified timber and timber products;
- eco-products (bananas, sesame seeds, cashew nuts, cocoa and honey);
- and certified coffee in a coffee export tool for Central American producers. CATIE’s headquarters are in Costa Rica.
Green Rhino & Healthy Green Choice
Green Rhino undertakes, facilitates and promotes the development of safe and organic food in Africa, starting in Kenya. Healthy Green Choice (HGC) is Green Rhino’s flagship project. Green Rhino is ProFound’s sister company in Kenya.Read more.
FairWild specifically focuses on wild plant resources and a fair future for people. With the FairWild Standard, entrepreneurs that work with wild-collected natural ingredients can show their commitment to sustainable collection, social responsibility and fair trade principles. The partnership between FairWild and ProFound goes back to 2008, when the FairWild Foundation was established.Read more.
Klaus Duerbeck Consulting
Klaus Dürbeck Consulting (KDC) is an international information centre and consulting agency providing services for natural products industries.Read more.
Kruger Swart & Associates
Sandra Kruger Associates has a wide experience in market access and development, training, value chain analysis and supply chain development. With this collaboration we created opportunities for exporters of Natural Ingredients in South Africa.Read more.
Netherlands-African Business Council
The Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) is a leading organisation for trade and investment facilitation for Africa, facilitating business linkages between the Dutch and African private sector.Read more.
NABC is one of ProFound’s partner for the Organic African Pavilion every year at BioFach.
ProVerde is specialised in the horticultural sector, particularly the international trade in cut flowers, plants and foliage, as well as fruit and vegetables, and biodiversity products.Read more.
ProVerde and ProFound worked closely in flower trade promotion. The resulting publications are well-known in the flower sector.
Utrecht University International Development Studies
Utrecht University is ProFound’s academic arm through its International Development Studies (IDS) Master degree. This cooperation has existed since the foundation of ProFound. ProFound’s director Bert-Jan Ottens has been a part of IDS Advisory Board.Read more.
Axonica Consulting was founded by Miguel Camacho. Axonica Consulting aims to establish partnerships with its clients to ensure they identify and make the most of the international opportunities for their products and services. Miguel Camacho and ProFound are often collaborating on projects as we share common clients.Read more.
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What our partners say about us:
ProFound is a valuable partner to the FairWild Foundation. They offer professional support to organisations and programmes in developing countries on sustainable development and trade promotion, of high relevance to our mission to promote the sustainable and equitable use of wild-collected ingredients.
By cooperating with other IN2NI natural ingredient experts, each a specialist in their field, ProFound expands its portfolio of services to support value chain interventions.
It is a pleasure working with ProFound in the area of sustainable export development and promotion. ProFound staff have extensive experience in research, sector and business analysis in Natural Ingredients and innovative and effective approaches to training, facilitation and project management. ProFound staff are professional and collaborative and we have, and will continue to learn from them.
ProFound is a great partner for ProVerde. With our combined experience in market analysis and deep understanding of the flower industry, our close collaboration has proven over and over to deliver valuable insights for flower growers and their partners in developing countries. We are always looking forward to another smooth collaboration.
Our cooperation with ProFound already resulted in big success: A fresh start for the Africa Pavilion with a new look. It provides a great platform for the companies we support to do business in Europe.