Tag Archives: cassava

Some Focussed Food Based Reports – Free online Information

Over the past view weeks I have come across several rather focussed processing reports which I thought it was worhgwhile to share here in a simple form. I believe the image tells you what its about and clicking will open the document. The documents I link will generally be technology heavy although there will be there industry issues covered in detail. 

click an image below to view the relevant paper

IITA report on Cassava enterprises in West Africa


Small Scale Palm Oil Processing in Africa


Www iita org c document library get file p l id 786671 folderId 1074647 name DLFE 5910 pdf

Low cost sustainable cassava drying technologies pdf



Exageration & Errors in Biofuels News

How well do we really know that what we read is real, especially in those sectors where everyone is optimistic and the opportunities are large. Here’s an example.

Biofuels Digest recently published a story entitled


17 Mgy CrowNek Energy cassava ethanol plant opens in Nigeria _ Biofuels Digest-2.jpg

from: Biofuels Digest
(click image for full story online)


which clearly did not follow up source material enough, which although ambiguous to varying degrees did admit to this being a plan and not the start of operations as the story indicates.


THISDAY ONLINE _ Nigeria news _ African views on global news.jpg

from: This Day Online
(click image for full story online)


Of course takes off sounds like goes into production, but in the African way project tells us that ita bigger thing and not an actual refinery that is taking off.


Guardian Newspapers-1.jpg

from: Nigerian Guadian
(click image for full story online)


“Establishes” and “owned by” implies something real has been built, but “is to be established” makes it clear this is a plan and not a plant.


NIGERIAN TRIBUNE - Business and Economy-1.jpg

from: Nigerian Tribune
(click image for full story online)



Global Warming Awareness Inc - Nigeria plans ethanol project-2.jpg

from: Global Warming Awareness
(click image for full story online)


This is the only clear and concise reporting of the event.

Is it just jounalists using different words to add to the interest, an enthusiasm for the subject or a purposeful attempt a hiding the reality

Ghanian Government Launches Composite Flours

Several articles in Ghanian newspapers refer to the 25th June launch of a composite cassava/maize flour. It is Manufactured by Women in Agriculture Development of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

The Statesman _ Business _ Cassava, maize composite flour launched.jpg

from: The Statesman
(click image for full story online)


Cassava, maize composite flour launched _ The Ghanaian Journal - News - Sports- Business - Videos - Entertainment - Profiles.jpg

from: The Ghanian Journal
(click image for full story online)


The articles tend to imply that the maize/cassava composite can be used to make bread on its own. However, any baker knows that wheat flour is necessary to make any raised bread and that only a few percent of other starch materials can be substituted for flour if the bread is not to taste different.

What I find more interesting is that this is a government initiative – do you think that such an approach has a real chance of success?