One of the well known directories is “Small-Scale Food Processing: A Directory of Equipment and Methods”. WHile it still provides very useful information on methods, it is rather focused on Indian and British suppliers and was last updated ten years ago.
This illustrates the difficulty of directories – it is expensive to collect complete information for all user’s particular needs and to keep them up to date.
Probably the best way to solve this problem is through a crowd sourcing approach using social media, but I think this is for a bit later.
For now I am going to send the following email to equipment suppliers I know and find.
I am planning to write a report on potential suppliers of processing equipment to small scale food processors in Africa.
I am aware that your company operates in this area and would like to ask if you can add any information to that on your website. In particular information on what you have supplied to enterprises especially in Africa along with some information on the progress of the enterprises would be great. Your thoughts on this sector and any advice you might have would also be interesting. As would information on how your support remote enterprises with assistance and spare parts.
I realise thats a big request and maybe its better if you supply anything particular you think would be useful in such a story.
This is not advertising and doesn’t depend on the responses I get to this query. I will in any event be using information from websites and providing contact details for companies, I already know and which I can identify. This stems from the hundreds of times I have been asked “where can I get equipment” and the many lists of constraints that feature a lack of equipment near the top. I will publish it on my website www.digivu.co.za, Food Processing Africa and other similar publications and websites. I will also, depending on what I am able to collect, implement some kind of managed directory focussed on African users.
I will of course let you know when and where the article is published and would like to thank you for whatever information you are able to supply.
I will then publish the results providing contact details of potential equipment suppliers to small scale processors in Africa. If I have a sufficiently positive response I will develop and maintain a directory.
But to be worthwhile we will need inputs from all those with appropriate information. So please respond with your suggestions for inclusion, forward this post to others who won’t see it or email me contact details and I will approach potential suppliers directly.