Resurrection bush tea

Resurrection bush tea

 

SUMMARY
The project aims to commercialise Resurrection Bush Tea out of Zimbabwe. Resurrection bush is drunk in small volumes by herbal tea drinkers in Zimbabwe, and to a smaller extent in South Africa. However, at present the domestic volumes are lower than it is believed they could be, with a more premium product aimed at higher end and tourist markets. In addition the project believes it is possible to enter the international market with the required safety and toxicology data in place.

BACKGROUND
The project involves:
• Proving the safety and absence of toxic effects with acute and chronic use of Resurrection Bush Tea. This will be achieved by doing a comprehensive review of the existing toxicology data available and then followed by a in silico, in vitro or animal testing dependent on what is required according to international standards as applied in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
• Developing a prototype, production protocols and specifications for the product for user tests. This step involves optimising the final form of the tea product, the production and quality control protocols, developing the product specification and doing market research.
• Production upscaling. This step involves producing small quantities of loose leaf, boxed and individual sachet teas for further market testing, distribution and early sales.


OUTCOME AND IMPACT
This project will increase the volumes of Resurrection bush currently being harvested by rural collectors (mostly women in ecological zones 4 and 5 of Zimbabwe). This will increase the number of collectors that can be employed as well as increase annual income, without detracting from other sources of income. It will establish Resurrection bush as a recognised product of Zimbabwe and increase local manufacturing as well as export potential to South Africa and abroad. The project will also set a precedent in Zimbabwe for benefit sharing with traditional communities. This may help to develop future policy on indigenous resources and knowledge in Zimbabwe.

TEAM

Mr Ulrich Feiter
CEO and Founder – South Africa
Parceval Pty Ltd
ulrich.feiter@parceval.co.za

Ms Avril Harvey
Project Manager – South Africa
Parceval Pty Ltd
consulting2@parceval.co.za

Ms Caroline Jacquet
Project Manager – Zimbabwe
Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe
caroline@bio-innovation.org

Project Type

Seed project

Countries involved

Status

Ongoing