その他事業 グラミンユーグレナ

その他事業 グラミンユーグレナ

人と地球のサスティナブルな発展を目指す夢のカタチ

「グラミンユーグレナ」はバングラデシュ人初のノーベル平和賞に輝いたムハマド・ユヌス博士率いるグラミングループと、「人と地球を健康にする」ことを理念に持つユーグレナ社が、日本の食料事情改善とバングラデシュで貧困に苦しむ農村地区の所得向上や生活改善を目指すユヌス・ソーシャルビジネスの一環として設立した合弁企業「ユーグレナGG」の通称です。

Mung Bean Project

Despite the fact that Bangladesh is an agricultural nation, with most of its population working on farms, poverty is commonplace in rural areas and among farmers. Currently, there is an urgent need in Bangladesh to create jobs in rural areas and provide highly nutritious food to these people in order to improve their standard of living.

また日本では国内で消費する「もやし」の原料として欠かせない緑豆。しかし2015年現在、そのほぼ100%を海外からの輸入に依存しています。またそのうちの約89%を中国産が占めており、近年の世界的な食料価格高騰により、他の穀物同様、緑豆も大幅な価格上昇に見舞われています。

This is the reason we are making efforts with mung beans. The Mung Bean Project, which is Grameen Euglena’s first step in tackling this business, is a project in which Japanese technology is used to bring improved stability to the productivity of mung beans grown by Bangladeshi farmers and eaten locally as a highly nutritious food source. Mung beans produced are then provided to the Japanese market, not just sold within Bangladesh.

Our aim is to reduce poverty and stabilize food supply. By cultivating and selling mung beans, both Bangladesh and Japan can turn their weaknesses into strengths. This will also improve the lives of the people living in each country. These are the goals of the Grameen Euglena Mung Bean Project.

Business Model

Grameen euglena
This is a local joint venture established on a 50:50 capital ratio by euglena Co., Ltd. and the Grameen Krishi Foundation. Farmers are given direct instructions on expert cultivation methods to produce high-quality mung beans. The Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) also conducts training for new farmers. Grameen Euglena purchases harvested mung beans from farmers at a price above the market value and then exports them to Japan as a raw material for bean sprouts. Some of the mung beans are also sold locally in Bangladesh at a price close to the cost at which it was purchased from the farmers.
Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF)
The PKSF promotes the involvement of farmers in the Mung Bean Project, utilizing a network of around 20 million farmers who are members of the foundation. They also use subsidies from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to provide activity expenses and similar such costs required for farmers to participate in the Mung Bean Project.
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
The IFAD provides subsidies to the PKSF for the purpose of supporting agriculture in poor regions.
euglena Co., Ltd.
euglena provides business capital and agricultural technology to Grameen Euglena with the aim of improving the quality of cultivated mung beans and their harvest yield. They also purchase mung beans from Grameen Euglena and sell them to bean sprout producers in Japan.

Benefits of the Mung Bean Project

Benefits for Bangladesh

Creating jobs in poor agricultural areas
Through the Mung Bean Project, we create job opportunities for farmers in mung bean cultivation.
Providing Japanese agricultural technology and expert knowledge
By acquiring Japanese cultivation technology, farmers improve the harvest yield and quality of their mung beans, which increases their income.
Delivering higher quality mung beans to the dinner table
There is a demand for high-quality and highly nutritious mung beans, which are enjoyed and eaten locally in Bangladesh in dal (bean curry) and other such dishes. Selling high-quality mung beans cultivated using Japanese agricultural technology within Bangladesh at an affordable price contributes toward improving the living standards of the Bangladeshi people.

Benefits for Japan

Securing a new food supply
Reducing Japan’s excessive dependence on China for mung bean imports and instead importing mung beans produced in Bangladesh will diversify our supply sources and avoid any future risks in obtaining the raw material for producing bean sprouts.
Stabilizing the price of mung beans
We can achieve a steady supply of mung beans at a stable price by fully managing the process from production to sale, avoiding the risk of price increases.
Ensuring safe and reliable quality
Integral management of the process starting from production in local Bangladeshi fields to the import and sale of mung beans in Japan provides Japan with a safer and more reliable mung bean supply.

The Future of the Mung Bean Project

グラミンユーグレナのもと、2016年度バングラデシュで緑豆プロジェクトに取り組む農民の数は3,000名を越えています。その農地は合計2,000haを超える規模となります。この取り組みはバングラデシュと日本の人々の暮らしに貢献する新しい形のビジネスとして、今後もその収穫規模を拡大していく予定です。

*Information provided in the video is as of 2014 when the video was produced.

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