Nature has been a source of medicinal agents for thousands of years, since healing with the plants dates back probably to the evolution of Homo sapiens. Nowadays, apart of the pharmaceutical industry the medical and aromatic plants (MAPs) became important source for food and feed production (food and feed additives) in the cosmetic industry, balneology and mineral therapy and homeopathy all over the world.
Medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) are offered in a wide variety of products on the market such as: plant extracts, traditional herbal medicines, pharmaceuticals, homeopathic, medicinal and herbal teas, dietary supplements, spices and culinary herbs, fragrances and perfumes, cosmetics and body care, food and beverage, food ingredients, aromas and essences, colouring/dye agents, etc.
The enormous demand in herbs results in a huge trade on international level, while based on the survey prepared by the project partners (11/2014) the production and export of the MAPs and final products to EU from Costa Rica, Brasil and Jamaica is very limited.
The project applicant would like to transfer the know – how recently developed by the consortium from EU countries (Slovakia, Hungary, Spain) consisted of NGO working with Youth, 2 Universities, Technology Center and Research Institute and to introduce innovative educational and training methods including Open Education Resource with 3 educational chapters Collection/Cultivation/Processing and on-line monitoring system within the herbal incubators in the partner countries – Costa Rica, Brasil and Jamaica for youth in poverty.
The project’s aims is to increase capacities of the entities from Costa-Rica, Brazil and Jamaica for vocational education, training and quality in the work with Youth in the field of collection, cultivation and processing the medicinal and aromatic plants and to increase mobility for workers with Youth into the Project partner countries. Among the targets is development of the Open Educational Resource with sophisticated training forms and professionalized herb processing methods in order to introduce innovative production of herbal products by Youth and organisations working with Youth and such support their entrepreneurship of Youth and organisations working with Youth.
The mobility of workers with Youth from EU countries to selected Latin America countries will increase the capacities of the partner organisations working with Youth and their involvement into the Fair Trade network and also the mobility participants from EU countries will bring the expertise in the fields of Youth work and Herb cultivation and processing from this specific countries with wide range of plant variety.
In order to support the partners capacities the Regional Strategy Platform meetings in Partner countries and Networking meetings in Spain will be organized where the Youth production and the “Herb Fair Trade” principles will be promoted.