GREEN PROCESSING OF WILD BERRIES
Innovation in the case study
There were multiple levels / forms of innovation in this project. The economic exploitation of wild-collected forest products is very traditional in the region, but typically the wild berries, mushrooms and herbs are sold fresh to ‘collectors’ that export the products out of the region.
The creation of a local processing plant and a clearly defined brand was a typical innovation for ‘adding value’ to the local products. The establishment of this business as a social enterprise was a social innovation that empowered local people and created seasonal jobs.
The use of a green power source was a technological innovation that enhanced the environmental sustainability of the social enterprise.
Finally, all of this was built upon and facilitated by a solid foundation of awareness-raising and knowledge exchange
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