For us, the end of 2016 also marks the end of our journey. We would like to wish you all an excellent happy new year as well as a big thank you for your interest in our project and your support!
As soon as we arrived in the Vietnamese capital, the atmosphere was warm and lively. The succession of alleys where scooters rumble finds an aeration thanks to numerous lakes, place of life and place of meeting, where the youth comes to walk and where the oldests put themselves in tight rank to execute slow and harmonious movements (thai chi - Hanoi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbjdLh8Ox-E). There, gymnastics is an art of living, it’s not unusual to see sellers coming out of their stalls to take deep breaths and perform few small jumps and swinging arms. The air is less oppressing than in Saigon. It’s pleasant to walk around, to discover an old town which is today in full mutation.
It was by a complete chance that we came across this organization, we spotted scooters carrying blue barrels filled with a trash of garbage from street restaurants. After some research, we had the opportunity to meet Jean-Daniel CESARO. During his thesis at CIRAD on the production of pork in Vietnam, he was interested in this collection quite singular. The pig producers in the peripheral region of Hanoi, go to the city center to collect the waste from the restaurants to use it as a feed base for their livestock. The organization of this collection is completely organic and win-win. On the one hand, restaurants can easily get rid of this hard-to-burn waste and breeders buy this food waste at a price well below conventional animal feed. It is thus a very successful model of jugaad organization!
We came back from our journey few days ago, that lasted nearly a year since our feet hadn’t trampled on French soil. This trip was an opportunity for us to carry out a study on the food innovations present in the emerging countries. In South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, India, Thailand and Vietnam, these countries have good ideas and many innovative projects to improve the quality of the food production. New means of food production, innovative agricultural mechanisms and management of exploitation, smart agriculture, water and inputs as well as new channels of logistics, storage and distribution, the subjects covered by our study are numerous and seeks to go beyond the presuppositions. Thus, our study gives a new perspective on the functioning of the food production chain of the countries visited.
We have just reached 1000 followers on our Facebook page, so we take this opportunity to thank all those who followed us during our journey! We will organize events in France in the coming months to share our experiences. The dates are not yet fixed, so if you like our topics: stay tuned!