The Belize Women’s Seaweed Farmers Association (BWSFA) was formed in July of 2019 and consists of 7 members aiming to grow the nascent Eucheuma seaweed industry in Placencia, Belize through new seaweed farming operations and the creation of value-added products made from locally grown seaweed. The initial value-added product ideas on which this report focuses are seaweed gel and seaweed powder. Gel, which is made from soaking or boiling down dried seaweed, is most commonly used as a thickener in drinks and shakes throughout Belize, with an abundance of other potential uses. Powder, made from finely ground dried seaweed, can be used in cooking (soups, smoothies, etc) or as an inclusion in spa products, among other creative possibilities. Powder retains more nutrients and has a longer shelf life than gel given that it is never boiled or heated in the process. Efforts can be divided across the production of multiple value-added products, and these two products, in particular, can serve as the base for secondary value-added products. Future research will explore market-interest in various secondary products down the line.
Building the Belizean Seaweed Industry through sustainable, high-quality products
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