Tag Archives: Development

Fairtrade Shebeen Style?

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.

Shebeen generating funds to development

from: Shebeen
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A new idea that also allows the consumer to generate income for development is the Australian Shebeen. This food and drink outlet carries products that are linked to specific developing countries e.g. Tuskers from Kenya, Valdivieso Pinot Noir from Chile and Mumma Ho’s Vietnamese meatball.

It then distributes “100%” of its profits to “Not for Profits” in the country of origin of the food or drink bought.

I really like the idea, but it needs more information and transparency to understand its real benefit. Does $2 really go to development for each beer drunk as reported in one story?

  • what are profits – e.g. how are salaries, disbursement and reinvestment set
  • how are “Not for Profits” selected and what is the cost of this
  • how do normal developed country products contribute
  • is this a once off or is it scalable – i.e. when do we see an Australian she been in Soweto
  • I will be following up on this over the next while.

    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

    from: IUFOST
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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.

    Brand Africa Project?

    I came across this the other day. While I can agree with the basis that it now time for a better Africa I have not been able to understand what this is really about.


    Our thinking.jpg

    from: Brand Africa
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    I’m actually not too dumb, but don’t get it – I can only wonder if its just Africa’s traditional way of talking and talking and talking wrapped up in a nice Web2.0 format? At least it doesn’t cost that much!

    Who can help me to understand?

    Biofuels & the Bottom of the Pyramid

    Having recently spent lot of time scouring the INTERNET I have been struck by the focus that there is now on two issues that impact on development in Africa – Biofuels and BOP enterprise models.


    As Europe and the USA see the effect expanding refining is having on their agriculture and understand the overall efficiencies there seems to be a move towards looking at sourcing inputs from countries with more tropical climates where higher agricultural production efficiencies are possible. This in turn means that land, hopefully not that currently used for feeding ourselves, is cultivated – possibly clearing forests (palm oil), risking the spread of alien species (jatropha) or using other resources (eg sugar irrigation) on behalf of those countries who can’t achieve efficiencies make production economically sustainable.


    Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) is an approach/model based on a view advanced by CJ Prahad that the 4 billion people who live on less than a dollar a day, are ignored by multinationals, although in sum they represent a large market. He, therefore, promoted the opportunity offered by this market, improving the supply to the poor and spinning off other opportunities through the supply chain.

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    Others have challenged this approach questioning whether the market is large enough to interest multinationals and proposing instead that efforts at alleviating poverty should be based on establishing business in or partnerships with enterprises at he bottom of the pyramid.

    Both of these of course impact on food processing, in particular when considering it as a development tool for Africa. I will therefore blog on them as much as personal learning (BOP) and staying abreast excercises at www.agribusiness.wordpress.com and maybe http://digivu2nd.blogspot.com/

    I would be very interested to get your ideas, concerns and feedback on these issues.