The opening of Myanmar enables businesses, NGOs and social enterprises to venture further in the country and tackle challenges of rural areas as well as of cities. In the countryside, a social enterprise is applying cutting-edge design principles to alleviate difficulties of farmers and rural inhabitants.
With very little land available for agriculture, Singapore is importing most of its food. To relieve this dependence, new techniques now enable the local production of vegetables through vertical farms. Thanks to this innovative system, Singaporeans enjoy “home-grown”, environment-friendly and fresher green products.
Getting sold in a supermarket is a big step forward for food or other B2C products manufacturers. Scaling up the production without loosing quality and developing the right marketing, brand, promotion and distribution channels, will however be determining factors in the ultimate commercial success.
Rattan is a vine that grows upon large trees in the rainforests of Indonesia. Traditionally used as a woven material for daily life objects and handicraft, it is now also utilized to create socially responsible modern products. These new applications help preserve the rainforests and local communities livelihoods in Indonesia.
Food consumption in Asia is growing fast, pulled by a growing population, rising incomes and strong urbanization. In its series of reports on dynamic industries of Asia, the Economist Intelligence Unit brings an overview of the challenges and opportunities for companies involved in processing and distribution of food in Asia.
Vietnam is a wolrd-leading producer and exporter of coffee beans. But the country is also home to a solid culture of consuming hot and iced coffee. Here are some details on the coffee consumption habits in Vietnam as well as an overview of the production of coffee beans and challenges of the industry.
Improving the quality of food in Asia brings opportunities and issues for people, businesses and governments. This great report from the Economic Intelligence Unit dives into details about people’s health, food business profitability, public private partnerships… with examples from China, India and Australia.
The production of palm oil, widely used in the alimentary and cosmetic industries, heavily impacts the environment but also brings good revenues to the cultivators. To try and develop a sustainable production of palm oil, WWF created a label for environmental-friendly production and raises awareness, notably through this video.