If your community has large areas of cultivated cactus pears or if it is a good climate for cactus pears but little is grown, this manual could be of real value to you.
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This 150 page manual with 13 pages of reference, will surely give [...]
This is a really impressive manual published by UNIDO.
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The manual covers the following subjects with the focus being on the post production processes used including a very informative section on essential oils.
Major spice crops in world trade Economic Impact and Trade Products Post-Production [...]
Small scale farmers in rural areas with a a few cows can easily produce more milk than their family consumes, opening the opportunity to earn income by selling milk. However climate, lack of reliable energy and long distances make this an unreliable business. Introducing standard fresh milk handling technology does not work because of the [...]
This simple description outlines the process and equipment used in the commercial production of potato crisps.
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If you are interested in the smaller scale production of potato crisps as the basis for a household business, Practical Action publish a Technical Brief [...]
Hungry Planet, a recent book by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, presents the food consumption of households around the world. The results are presented in the form of a picture of the family and the food they ate in a week, just like this German family.
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FAIRTRADE has been a great success based on its rapid growth in turnover. There are, however questions that linger around the benefit to farmers compared to the turnover as well as other issues.
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A new idea that also allows the consumer to generate income for development [...]
As a Chemical Engineer I have always promoted the role that the Chemical Engineering Unit Operation plays in food manufacturing.
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As well as elaborating on Chemical Engineering’s input to progress in the industry, this article simply charts the changes which lead from what we would now call artisanal local [...]
This is an interesting and detailed paper presenting detailed information on the processing of traditional foods.
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The paper concludes that the existing small scale processing is important to food supply, food preservation and employment.
It finds that the expansion of the production of these traditional foods [...]
The INPhO network of the Food and Agricultural Organisation is one of the more comprehensive sources of processing information for small enterprises.
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The information is comprehensive and has a commodity as well as an equipment focus. The equipment and individual databases of the past seem [...]
Its true that “One Third of All Food Produced is Lost or Wasted” but it does get a bit boring when we hear it over and over along with a means of reducing it which is simple and obvious. This is made worse by the fact that these means of reducing loss are often [...]