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Agri-Design project scoops #cocreateSA award

Monday, 13 July 2015   (0 Comments)
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The Cape Craft + Design Institute (CCDI) has been awarded funding from the Dutch #cocreateSA fund to kick start its Agri-Design project this year. It is one of six winning Dutch-South African partnerships to be awarded a total of R600 000 for projects that address sustainable issues through design and innovation.

“This award is exciting for us because agri-processing is a key sector for the province,” says Gillian Benjamin, CCDI Design Support programme manager. “The Western Cape government has developed a new economic strategy called Project Khulisa which has identified agri-processing, along with five other areas, as having the greatest potential in terms of local growth and job creation.”

The Agri-Design project will bring together a local and a Dutch company involved in agri-processing, and will lead a design process with the two companies to explore potential products that could be created with their combined expertise.

Of the hundred most competitive products produced in the Netherlands, about 50% derive from the agriculture and food sector. Furthermore, the Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agri-food products in the world after the USA.

“These statistics just go to show the incredible level of innovation that the Dutch have in the agriculture and food processing sector,” says Gillian. “They are leaders in this sector. And that’s why this is an exciting opportunity to engage with Dutch companies and look at areas where we can learn and collaborate, which will lead to future business between Dutch and South African companies.”

And building relationships is at the heart of #cocreateSA, which is a World Design Capital legacy project initiated by the Dutch Consul General, Bonnie Horbach. The fund was created to assist Dutch and South African partnerships to implement projects in specific sectors including agro and food, life sciences and health.

This is the second award that the CCDI has won from #cocreateSA fund. The first award gave birth to a project that is looking at how to improve the management of patient folders in two public clinics in Delft and Reed Street, Bellville. The project is in collaboration with Philips Netherlands, a diversified technology company that is focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation. The interdisciplinary project team comprises a service designer, a medical anthropologist, behavioural designers and a graphic designer.

Both these projects link very well to #cocreateSA’s vision of working together to find – and co-create – innovative solutions to local challenges for a sustainable future.

Photo above (left to right): Dutch Consul General Bonnie Horbach, CCDI Design Support Programme Manager Gillian Benjamin and Award MC Didi Ntsie

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