Category Archives: Africa Good

Using Food Science and Technology to Improve Nutrition and Promote National Development

This is an interesting and detailed paper presenting detailed information on the processing of traditional foods.

Chapter from an IUFOST publication

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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 would make business sense, this has been hampered by the normal culprits – access to technology, poor management, lack of funding and low profit margins.

The paper presents information on the mechanization of gari, the production of instant yam flour and flakes and the production of traditional products including soy-ogi, dawadawa, kilishi and cheese.

The article has a detailed list of references.

PROCESSING PINEAPPLE PULP INTO DIETARY FIBRE SUPPLEMENT – FREE ONLINE PAPER

The article by N Ackom and K Tano-Debrah in the latest edition of AJFAND Online presents a well explained and investigated process to produce a pineapple fibre for use in food formulations. The study at University of Ghana, Lagon was practical and produced fibre products that were used to produce muffins and biscuits which were acceptable to consumers. The corresponding author can be contacted at newusie@yahoo.co.uk.

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This process addresses the fourth level in the EPAs Food Recovery Heirachy, ie develop an industrial use for the waste food. The EPAs Food Recovery Heirachy puts feeding animals as third after reduce loss and feed people, the first 2.

Minnie’s Dried Fruit and Vegetables – African Business

Here is a nice story that shows how easy it is to establish an operating fruit and vegetable drying business.

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Menar Meebed of Egypt, has used a commercially available solar dryer and a simple Internet blog to set up a business selling dried fruit and vegetables. Her product is of a higher quality than the traditional products because of the fruit she selects and the fact that the solar dryer reduces the drying time.

The commercial success of the business of course depends on how well she sources her produce, whether the market demand for her product is big enough and how she manages the business but the basis is in place.

 

South African Government Pushing Investment in Agro-Processing!


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More information on this is available via a dti press release or by contacting Sidwell Medupe, dti Departmental Spokesperson, Tel: (012) 394 1650, Mobile: 079 492 1774, E-mail: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.za

 

 

Carbonated Soft Drinks – Franchise Opportunity.

Soda King seems to offer a fairly simple, sound and promising franchise.

Homepage of Soda King franchise

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They are reasonably new so there are many opportunities for entrepreneurs in Africa, although there is also Tanzanian franchise not shown on this map.

Soda King  Franchises

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If you are interested I suggest you contact them, leave the technology and equipment to them and focus on your local market and input suppliers.

Advanced Journal of Food Science and Technology – Open Source Journal

This journal started in 2009 has already published four editions in 2010. Although editorial staff is international there does appear to be an operation focus on Indian accademics.

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from: Maxwell
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The first five editions appear to have quite a strong focus on West African studies, mainly in the analytical area (chemical and microbial) and often focussed on local produce.

Freshpict, a Zambian Fruit and Vegetable Canner – African Food Processor.

This Zambian company produces a wide range of canned fruit and vegetables.

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These include a wide range of products using beans, tomatoes, onion, sweet corn, sundried tomatoes, cherry peppers, pineapple, guava, and gooseberries.