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Food Processing

Turning agricultural products into other commodities has the potential to provide income generation opportunities. These opportunities are needed to support the millions of poor families who can no longer make a living from the land alone, as well as people who have no land to farm.

Topics

Dairy

Dairy production covers a range of products from milk, butter, and cheese through to more luxurious products such as...

Food Hygiene and Safety

Food hygiene and safety are a fundamental part of any food processing enterprise whether large or small.

Fruits, Vegetables and Roots

This topic area covers a wide range of produce that have the common themes of value addition and quality assurance...

Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices can be a high value crop demanding good prices. They are normally dried and packaged before being...

Juices and Drinks

Juices are a popular product to process fruit into and can be done on a relatively small scale. Other drinks are...

Legumes, Beans and Grains

A potentially huge range of crops can be covered under this topic. This section looks at just a few of the options...

Nut Processing and Oil Extraction

This section covers the processing of various nuts which are either sold as whole nuts or further processed into...

Packaging and Bottling

A vital aid to preserving and protecting perishable goods. Appropriate packaging will ensure that products will get...

Pickles and Vinegars

These approaches to preserving fruit and vegetables can be done on a domestic scale but can also be used on a...

Preserves

Preserves such as jams, jellies and marmalades are a traditional way of processing fruits and berries with sugar...

Snack Foods

These foods provide opportunities for small-scale entrepreneurs to improve their income.

Sugar and Honey

Sugar is a significant food ingredient. This section covers the production of different types of sugar at different...

General Resources

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Aradeb Sweet (Arabic)

  • video
  • Arabic

A video on how to make Aradeb Sweet produced by Practical Action Sudan.

Published by Practical Action Sudan on 04/17/14

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Baking

  • fact sheet
  • English

Baking is the process that uses an oven or hotplate to cook a wide range of flour-based foods.

Pete Fellows, Published by Practical Action on 03/29/12

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Carrying Out a Feasability Study

  • fact sheet
  • English

An idea for a business is not enough to begin production. It is essential to be aware of the different aspects...

S. Azam Ali, Published by Practical Action on 03/01/07

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Comment se Constituer une Clientèle et la Conserver

  • fact sheet
  • French

L'une des difficultés rencontrées par de nombreux propriétaires de petites entreprises du secteur alimentaire est de...

Pete Fellows, Published by Practical Action on 07/12/12

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Conception de Materials Usage Alimentaire

  • fact sheet
  • French

Dans ce dossier technique, sont décrits quelques principes élémentaires qui peuvent être utilisés pour vérifier la...

Barrie Axtell, Published by Practical Action on 01/01/10

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Cured Meat Products

  • fact sheet
  • English

A simple approach to preserving meat.

Pete Fellows, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/08

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Extrusion of Foods

  • fact sheet
  • English

There are two types of extrusion process: cold extrusion, which mixes and shapes foods such as biscuit dough and...

Pete Fellows, Published by Practical Action on 03/26/12

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Fermented Foods

  • fact sheet
  • English

Fermented foods include fermented cereal products, alcoholic drinks, fermented dairy products and soybean products...

Pete Fellows, Published by Practical Action on 03/02/12

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Fish Smoker

  • fact sheet
  • English

A simple design for a fish smoker developed in Sri Lanka

Published by Practical Action South Asia on 04/16/14

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Food Labelling

  • fact sheet
  • English

Labelling is an important process in the food processing chain. It is the first point of contact between consumer...

Sue Azam Ali, Published by Practical Action on 03/02/08

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Food Processing Building Design

  • fact sheet
  • English

Whether starting from the beginning or converting an existing structure, these notes give relevant guidance.

Barrie Axtell, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/03

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Food Processing Equipment Design

  • fact sheet
  • English

In this Technical Brief some simple principles are described which can be used to check the design of locally-made...

Barrie Axtell, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/11

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Food Processing in Parcona, Peru

  • case study
  • English

A few handbooks on making jams, yoghurt and fruit nectars were used help the Women's Association of Parcona develop...

Giannina Solari, Published by Soluciones Prácticas on 02/02/09

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How to Find and Keep Customers

  • fact sheet
  • English

A difficult aspect for many small food business owners is finding customers.

Pete Fellows, Published by Practical Action on 03/02/12

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How to make Sausages

  • fact sheet
  • English

Most sausages are produced from meat (especially pork and beef) but in some countries, fish sausages are also...

Pete Fellows, Published by Practical Action on 03/21/12

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Production Records

  • fact sheet
  • English

Keeping production records is an investment of time and money and, as with all aspects of running a small food...

Pete Fellows, Published by Practical Action on 03/13/12

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Quality Control in Food Processing

  • fact sheet
  • English

An essential component of any food processing business, QC protects customers and business whilst ensuring food law...

Barrie Axtell, Tony Swetman, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/08

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Smoked Foods

  • fact sheet
  • English

Smoking was originally used to preserve foods such as meats and fish for storage, but now the main reason for...

Pete Fellows, Published by Practical Action on 03/02/12

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Publications

From Practical Action Publishing

Drying Food for Profit
This book has been written for existing and prospective entrepreneurs who wish to produce dry foods commercially at small and medium scale.

The Complete Manual of Small-scale Food Processing
This book provides comprehensive technical and business information on all aspects of small-scale food processing in a single text.

Training in Food Processing
This book shows how to provide effective training in food processing, which can open up opportunities for individuals who lack business experience.

Small-scale Food Processing
This completely revised and expanded second edition is the essential reference guide for all those involved in food processing on a small- or medium-scale.

Starting a Small Food Processing Enterprise
This book brings together important aspects of both the technological and business skills needed to successfully start and operate a small food processing business.

Baking For Profit
Baking for Profit provides the information that a small entrepreneur needs to address when setting up a bakery.

Traditional Foods
This is a comprehensive guide to the processing of traditional foods, from Asia, Africa and Latin America, which are made and sold at a small commercial scale of operation.

Small-scale Production
The bleak employment opportunities faced in many developing countries suggest a need for a large contribution by small-scale production units, looked at in this collection of case studies which represent six important dimensions in development contexts.

From Agromisa http://www.agromisa.org/
Agromisa is a Dutch non-profit organisation affiliated with the Agricultural University of Wageninen in the Netherlands which aims to strengthen self-reliance of the rural populations in the South.

Marketing for small-scale producers
Marketing for small-scale producers PDF
Entering the organic export market
Entering the organic export market PDF
Preservation of fish and meat
Preservation of fish and meat PDF
Small-scale production of weaning foods
Small-scale production of weaning foods PDF
Starting a cooperative
Starting a cooperative PDF
The rural finance landscape
The rural finance landscape PDF

From CTA Publications

Setting Up and Running a Small Food Business
This is the first in a series of manuals on small-scale food processing, compiled by contributors from several developing countries.
 

 

 

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