Consumers globally are becoming more aware of health and embarking on the health and wellness trend, and ironically we seem to be going back to the basics—unprocessed and natural—for the ultimate health products. Ben Boonlai, director of Medifoods (Thailand), spoke with APFI in an interview and shared his company’s innovative concept of creating functional foods from rice, the staple of all Asians.
Lionel Flutto, president, flavour, Symrise Asia Pacific, and Romy Weytens, Taste Competence Manager, spoke with APFI at length about the vanilla industry and what the company has been doing to help smallholder vanilla farmers in the past 10 years. The second of our two-part vanilla feature, they share about the company’s role in the vanilla industry in Madagascar. By Michelle Cheong
According to researchers from Germany and India, the flowering aquatic plant could additionally enhance typical carb-heavy South Asian diets, and be used as an alternative protein source.
With most coffee certification schemes developed by northern-based businesses and NGOs, it is questionable whether these standards correspond to the preferences of coffee farmers in the south. Based on the preferences of farmers in Indonesia, sustainability certification of coffee is weakly institutionalised. By Muhammad Ibnu, Pieter Glasbergen and Astrid Offermans, Maastricht University, and Bustanul Arifin, Lampung University
When 40 percent of the world’s palm and palm kernel oil are produced by smallholders, the question of sustainability arises. Projects to support smallholders can improve their productivity and secure a sustainable supply chain.
Smallholder farmers, farmers who only own an average of half to two hectares of land, produce the largest percentage of the world’s food. Yet, majority of them are also among the poorest globally. What can authorities do to improve their stand, and thereby secure our food for the future? By Michelle Cheong
Singapore: Their first product, the house-branded Fragrance 43°N japonica rice, will go on sale from end-2015 in Singapore.
Produced from cocoa beans, the chocolate that everyone knows and loves is but the tip of the iceberg of the cocoa industry. What is the cocoa industry like, and as major benefactors of the beans, what can chocolate industry giants do to help cocoa farmers? By Michelle Cheong