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News Links – Delicious Bookmarks

A while back I published posts which gave a link to a news item and explained the story in a sentence or two, eg

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I am now using the Delicious social bookmarking system to replace this feature of the DIGIVU Blog. Using Delicious will allow me to provide more information – this is one of those web 2.0 things I discuss in “SAFPP Networking Tools – growing”.

You will find it in the left hand column under the heading NEWS NOT BLOGGED.

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Under here there are a number of categories (General Agribusiness and Food Products as on 17/09/2008) which list titles of news items. Hovering the cursor over the title, reveals my comment and an extract from the webpage. Clicking the title takes you to the webpage.

Clicking on the Delicious name (eg SAFPP and FoodProd) opens all the bookmarks in Delicious while clicking “add me to your network” allows you to access all bookmarks from your delicious account.

Some Africa Relenvant Biofuels News Links – 2

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This post is a periodic one, that simply lists interesting Biofuel stories that I feel are relevant to Africa. The link will take you to an original article which will acknowledge my source of the story.

 

Nigerian company produces biofuel from sorghum – some details of a project in Nigeria that uses sweet sorghum as a feedstock for ethanol production.

The Mocambican National Government approves an EthanolProject– a bioenergy park will produce almost a billion litres of ethanol a year and create 2,600 jobs.

Cassava Ethanol Project in Nigeria – Kwara Casplex will produce 30.6 million tons of cassava ethanol at new production facilities planned for Oyo and Ekiti states. They appear to be looking at integrating many technologies to increase the overall system efficiency.

Oil Palm in the Congo – an Italian biodiesel producer has signed a 30 year agreement with the Congo national government to cultivate oil palm on 98,000 acres.

Some Africa Relevant Biofuel News Links – 1

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This post is a periodic one, that simply lists interesting Biofuel stories that I feel are relevant to Africa. The link will take you to an original article which will acknowledge my source of the story.

Desert plant may hold key to surviving food shortage – Liverpool is starting a project to generate the genome sequence for Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi a Madagascan plant that is water efficient as it captures most of its CO2 at night. The genome sequence could help scientists to develop energy crops able to withstand harsh environments and therefore not compete with food.

Conservationists protest Kenya’s 20,000 hectare sugarcane ethanol plan; 350 species said to be at risk – its not the impact on food this time, but the wildlife that could be endangered.

Omnia invests R29bn in Zambia jatropha research – the project by a South African based group with fertiliser interests will research jatropha agronomics in Zambia, to improve the understanding of the potential of Jatropha as a long term sustainable biofuel crop.

In Ethanol Project stopped by High Court in Kenya – the protests against the environmental impact of the project has apparently borne fruit.

Some Africa Relevant Food Processing News – 2

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This post is a periodic one, that simply lists interesting Food Processing stories that I feel are relevant to Africa. The link will take you to an original article which will acknowledge my source of the story.

Organic chocolate fans unlikely to switch to cheaper options – In recent years organic confectionery products have become increasingly popular but, are consumers going to stick by their principals in the face of rising food prices or will they turn towards a cheaper alternative?.

Sodium benzoate removed from Diet Coke – Coca-Cola is phasing out the use of the controversial additive sodium benzoate in Diet Coke on the back of consumer demand for more natural products..

Heinz to use potato peels to help cut energy costs – US-based food producer Heinz has unveiled ambitious plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2015 by using energy generated from potato peel.

Introduction of a new natural sweetener – the sweetener extracted from Stevia was introduced by Cargill and Coke and reflects the pressure consumers are putting on coke for more natural ingredients (see previous post)

Renovating for energy efficiency – in the USA food processing companies are starting to feel the pressure to be greener through retailer demands, but also see cost savings opportunities in running more sustainable processes when the modify their plant.

Some African Relevant Food Processing Stories – 1

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This post is a periodic one, that simply lists interesting Food Processing stories that I feel are relevant to Africa. The link will take you to an original article which will acknowledge my source of the story.

News briefs: healthy and premium chocolate launches– Omega 3 enriched and chocolates of origin launched to try and grow market for premium chocolates!

Vitamin and mineral foods markets to flower in Africa? – Claims to have identified a trend for vitamin enriched foods in Uganda?

New anti-theft tag for food packaging – A new Radio Frequency anti-theft tag can be inserted into the packaging of moist, fresh products such as cheese and meat.

Smoothies cause rift between dieticians and dentists – The nutritionists like the contribution to fruit consumption while dentists say the sugar and acid has a negative effect compared to the fresh fruit.

Italy seeks protection for world’s most costly spice – Italy hopes to have Safron from Sardinia given Protected designation of origin (PDO) status, improving its income market share

Introducing SAFPP 2.0

Some of you maybe remember the old SAFPP site which is shown above. I am now finished working at the CSIR and one of the things I intend doing is establishing a web based information source for the food processing community in Africa.

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I have many ideas for things that I think could be useful, which I would like to try. But I need feedback to be sure I am doing useful things so please email me with comments, criticisms and suggestions.

Its going to be informal and constantly changing, so no “under construction” messages and maybe some “not perfect” English, but hopefully useful information.

Already happening are:

  • publishing food based enterprise opportunities
  • Africa Agribusiness Issues blog
  • access to the old SAFPP site
  • Some of the things I am planning to cover:

  • food processing information resources
  • biofuels and their link to food
  • the food market and food products
  • system to collect and share supplier information
  • country contacts information