Ecological product innovation lab at the Moldovan Agri-food Business
The Moldovan agri-food sector currently employs 30,5% of the population but contributes only to 16% of the GDP, with its profitable kind being financially and technologically intensive. Moreover, the surveys show that there are many hurdles for the food business such as heavy bureaucracy, expensive specialized equipment, workforce recruitment, marketing and supply chain management. Existing attempts to solve the issue are weak and sporadic.
The project aims to create a certified commercial kitchen and experimentation lab, set up to stimulate ecological product development, help start-ups and small producers shift to more sustainable operations, host educational events, formalize economic transactions, increase food safety and promote good practices in the food sector. The intervention shall have a longer-term effect, since it wishes to further stimulate ecological shift in the food industry by becoming an integral part of the 1st Moldovan Food Business Incubator.
The project is implemented by the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, the largest educational institution of its kind in Central Europe focused on almost all branches of chemistry, including food chemistry and technology and environment protection.