June 2014 - The Trade for Development Centre (TDC) of the Belgian Development Agency (BTC) has recently published a new study on wild-sourced botanicals and the EU market, anticipating the growing opportunities for these products in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.
TDC aims at economic and social empowerment of small producer organisations, by both enhancing business knowledge and improving their access to markets. The study on wild botanicals has been carried out within the framework of TDC’s Producer Support Programme, through which financial and technical assistance is provided to producer organisations.
In this context, the study focuses on wild-collected medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) which have a potential for livelihoods enhancement and conservation action. Moreover, these species are assessed in terms of sustainable trade. The countries covered in the study are Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania, Mozambique and Vietnam, six of the countries in which BTC focuses its activities.