NAMASTE is one of the first joint projects under the coordinated call between the European Union (EU) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, with participants from both EU countries (Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary, Netherlands, Germany) and India (Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu). The main aim of the NAMASTE Project is to develop innovative, comprehensive and industry-relevant approaches for the valorization of citrus, mango and pomegranates by-products and wheat and rice bran through the environmentally and economically sustainable conversion of these by-products into healthy food ingredients, foods and feeds. The project is running from spring 2010 to early 2013.


EU Research AreaNAMASTE-EU will particularly focus on citrus by-products and wheat bran processing, and will develop and assess laboratory-scale experimental protocols to convert by-products into food ingredients and new foods with improved nutritional properties (e.g. fruit paste, citrus filled snacks, citrus-based snacks, fruit enriched breakfast cereals, citrus paste-based self-stable fillers for bakery products), along with a new citrus/mango based feed for aquaculture.


India ResearchNAMASTE-India will specifically focus on valorisation of mango and pomegranate by-products along with rice bran and will adopt complementary/synergic strategies, technologies and processes for turning such by-products in similar ingredients, new foods and feeds. A proactive EU-India cooperation effort will be adopted to enhance mutual benefits, in terms of both knowledge generation and market expansion for the global food and drink industries.