I have posted previously about the “New” Food Chain, which is the successor to the original food chain magazine which was originally published and widely distributed for free by ITDG, (later Practical Action). The original magazine is replaced by a new International Peer Reviewed Journal as explained here by Practical action.
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Food Chain is now about to publish its 4th issue and is disseminating interesting smaller scale food enterprise information within its Food Value Chain focus.
To allow you to get an idea of what the journal offers, the first edition is now free for download. The first edition published the following articles, which can be accessed by clicking on the image above.
If you are interested you can subscribe, buy individual articles online or use the free online abstracts.
Practical Action has a long history as a quality supplier of technology information for small scale food processing as well as other fields such as irrigation, sanitation and energy which match rural development focus.
Over time they have gone through many changes from their hands on origins as Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) founded by Schumakker the father of the Appropriate Technology movement to their IT strong position of today.
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The image above is of the food processing information available on the site – each subject links to a number of papers from over the years. All this information is of a high standard and scientifically rigorous.
As well as this information the site offers an expert question answering service, case studies and a mechanism for users to share their experiences and information.
This site really deserves a visit and probably real support to make it a valuable resource to those active in small scale food processing.
This free online wiki gives practical instructions for a range of activities including food processing. Those who know the information that Practical Action supply will find that they know most of this but its still of interest as a reference.
The food processing section contains around 60 articles under the headings:
- Food Hygiene
- How to Cook Efficiently with Little Fuel
- How to Process Food
- What to do with Fruit Waste
- How to Store/ Preserve Food
- Food Processing Equipment
Also interesting is a section titled What to do With…. which could be used by the potential entrepreneur who has identified a resource. An example of this for Shea Nuts is given in the next post. This also shows the format of the information supplied.