Regional Biotrade

The Regional BioTrade Project Southeast Asia promotes sustainable trade of natural ingredients in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar to conserve biodiversity and develop livelihoods of rural populations.

Natural ingredients are processed products from plants, animals and microorganism collected or cultivated in the wild or domesticated and produced in an ecological way, without the use of any petrochemicals. Natural ingredients are used in many ways in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic or food industries.

The Project Goal and Expected Outcomes

Project Goal

This project aims at building sustainable business models by changing trade of raw materials and natural ingredients to preserve its resource base for future generations and to increase capabilities and competitiveness of local producers, processors and exporters. 

Specific Objective 

Conservation of biodiversity through sustainable trade of natural ingredients
…in a manner that increases the competitiveness of local exporters/producers and
…the livelihood benefits (income and jobs) of rural population
…while by taking into account all relevant ethical Biotrade principles and criteria. 

Expected Outcomes

  1. Competitive Biotrade companies on regional and international markets 
  2. Value Chains operating along ethical Biotrade principles are developed 
  3. Creation of a Biotrade-friendly policy and supportive environment
  4. Effective & efficient knowledge management, communication, and sharing of expertise 
Regional Biotrade
Regional Biotrade

The perspectives

The Regional BioTrade Project Southeast Asia promotes sustainable trade of natural ingredients in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar to conserve biodiversity and develop livelihoods of rural populations.
Natural ingredients are processed products from plants, animals and microorganism collected or cultivated in the wild or domesticated and produced in an ecological way, without the use of any petrochemicals. Natural ingredients are used in many ways in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic or food industries.
With a growing annual demand of 10-15% worldwide, natural ingredients represent a huge business potential - particularly on international high-end markets, where customers are willing to pay a premium for sustainably produced and fairly traded goods.

The project is focusing on native plants that can be processed locally to obtain natural ingredients with high value and export potential. This will increase value addition within Myanmar, Vietnam or Laos and generate jobs and incomes.

Companies following the BioTrade business model build stronger partnerships within producers and secure safe and reliable raw material supply to access new markets that offer higher prices for BioTrade products.  
Regional Biotrade Regional Biotrade

Intervention Strategy

We aim at changing the way the natural ingredient sector works in Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. We start with identifying and selecting potential natural ingredient products. We then identify and assess producers and companies involved in trade and processing of selected natural ingredients and explore their interest in upgrading their operations towards BioTrade principles and standards.
The project teams will analyse supply, processing and trade operations for short falls and explore solutions and innovative ideas that bring positive change. Together with producers, companies and traders, the project teams will work out feasible measures, and facilitate access to know how needed to operate sustainable value chains effectively and efficiently. 
Regional Biotrade Regional Biotrade

Biotrade Principles

Regional Biotrade

Quick Facts

Regional Biotrade

Location: 

Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar

Project Start:
September 2016

Current Phase:
Phase I: 2016 - 2020

Budget for Current Phase:
4, 950,000 Million Swiss Francs

Main partners:
  • HELVETAS Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar
  • Select Government Ministries and related departments
  • Select committed and responsible companies
  • Small holder collectors, producers, farmers
 Major Donors:
Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)