There are about 100 million inhabitants in Henan province in China. The region has a central role in the food production of China as well as in the research and product development related to it. Almost one third of China’s own food production comes from Henan. Organic food production and its opportunities interest at the region.
This project explores how to build concrete co-operation between Henan specialized universities and the South Savo expertise cluster in organic production (research, education, production, business). The co-operation could first take place through research and development projects along with specialist and student mobility, later possibly also as business trials carried out by South Savo entrepreneurs in organic production.
The needs, wishes and possibilities to co-operate are explored in Henan as well as in South Savo. The Henan situation in production, entrepreneurship, business and research concerning organic food and farming is studied. It is mapped which sectors above the province sees to need internalization and which sectors could utilize Finnish expertise in organic food and farming. Furthermore the interest towards South Savo organic products and services is explored.
As for South Savo the readiness, interest and opinions to co-operate with Henan province are surveyed both among entrepreneurs in organic production and among counselling and educational organizations.
The results are published in a report. Suggestions are given for potential ways how the provinces could co-operate and how to finance the co-operation. Additionally, a project operations model for future co-operation is developed and described.
The project is carried out by the Aalto University School of Business Small Business Center and the University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute. The project is co-funded by South Savo Regional Council from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Mikkeli University Consortium.