Blue economy is a desire to use what is locally available and turn it into portfolio of opportunities.
We are on a constant quest to generate more value from what is considered unusable for further exploitation
Ekofungi is described as one of the first 100 examples of the Blue economy, New stream in economy development philosophy, created by Gunter Pauli. In blue economy nature but the high ethical approach in all aspects is the main pillar.
Ekofungi was recognized by the Serbian Innovation Found who granted 2 projects for the innovative solution development. This was the very first recognition by local authorities and given wind in the back to the team, as projects had created possibilities that young scientists join EF team, with Dr Jovana Vunduk on the leadership position.
EKOFUNGI today, after almost 2 decades may truly confirm that its mission is fulfilled. Almost a new stream in the global mushroom industry was created thanks of the Approach. With specific atmosphere and serious are about the employees, proudly may be sad, that Blue economy in Economy in Ekofungi is not theory or goal, this is everyday touchable life.
As a SME, Ekofungi is a member of two scientific consortias, both created by most eminent scientific insitutions globaly. Both consortias are involved in the research and investigation projects supported by Europian Commision program HORIZON 2020: IPANEMA and BIOCHAMP.
Besides the mentioned 2 projects, Ekofungi is also part of another important project. The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) signed a Contribution Agreement with IFOAM – Organics International for the implementation of the Organic Trade for Development in Eastern Europe (OT4D) program, where Ekofungi was recognized as an important project partner for implementation.
The overall project goal is to accelerate the market uptake of organic farming in Serbia. The program has two components: Organic exports have significantly increased, and the Organic sector growth is sustainable