HerbFEST, a herbs and food as medicine exhibition and training conference will be held on 6th-8th October 2015 at Raw Materials Research &Development Council Abuja. HerbFEST is conceived and originated by BDCP and is aimed to stimulate the natural products and bio-business industrial sub-sector in Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region, and enhance its capacity for delivery of new health foods to the EU & the US market under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and diversify the export base of the local economy. The first HerbFEST in Nigeria took place in 2003 solely organized by BDCP.
This years theme is “Food as Medicine: Utilization a nd Sustainable Exploitation of African Medicinal Plants and Natural Products.” and the training topic is “Development and Commercialization of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.” For registration please Click Here
The International Centre for Ethnomedicine and Drug Development (InterCEDD), a private research and development organization, and the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), a parastatal of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Science and Technology became partners in 2009
Against this background, BDCP, NNMDA and InterCEDD in collaboration with stakeholders nationally and internationally, now organize HerbFEST as an annual natural products expo, to help stimulate the natural products and bio-business industrial sub-sector in Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region, and to enhance its capacity for delivery of new health foods to the EU, US and Asian market under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and diversify the export base of the local economy.
The workshop also provides a clear link between production, processing and marketing practices such that all stakeholders from farmers to investors derive maximum benefits whilst still meeting up with global standards. The overall goal of HerbFEST is to showcase our achievements and investment opportunities to the world and enhance the patronage/recognition, productive capacity and income status of small producers. This is achieved through a combination of market promotion, enterprise development and training sessions. Small and medium enterprises involved in the manufacture of natural products exhibit their products to potential buyers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors and investors over a three-day period, in Lagos and Abuja Nigeria respectively.
To address technical problems faced by natural products entrepreneurs, a panel discussion is incorporated. This forum will enable start-ups/ producers/ researchers/ government/ financial institutions of repute, discuss challenges, share experiences and exchange ideas on best practices that provide vast opportunities for overcoming problems. A select number of biosciences research experts and leading manufacturers will be encouraged to share their innovative technologies, research findings and technical constraints. This section also serves the purpose of networking and database update.
The 2013 HerbFEST was held on 8th–10th October 2013 at Raw Material Research and Development Council, Abuja. In 2014, the event was held on 25th-27th November 2014 at Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), Lagos.