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Local Technologies Boost Shea Butter Production

Local Technologies Boost Shea Butter Production

Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by .

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The most successful technologies in rural production should be easy to use and not require large amounts of electricity, water or fuel to function.

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Focus on Mali – Shea Butter Cooperative in Djiola Targets Regional Markets

Focus on Mali – Shea Butter Cooperative in Djiola Targets Regional Markets

Posted on 22. Mar, 2010 by .

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Regional demand for shea in West Africa can provide market for women producers. Djiola cooperative focuses current production to meet the needs of the local market

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Rural women process and sell shea butter / Radio Scripts / Farm Radio International

Rural women process and sell shea butter / Radio Scripts / Farm Radio International

Posted on 15. Feb, 2010 by .

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Rural women – who are the people most affected by poverty – lead the efforts to process shea nuts into shea butter. When women sell shea butter in the marketplace, the income allows them to support their families.

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Burkina Faso’s shea butter producers go online — International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)

Burkina Faso’s shea butter producers go online — International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)

Posted on 13. Feb, 2010 by .

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Excerpt taken from:Burkina Faso’s shea butter producers go online — International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD). The Song-Taaba Yalgré organisation represents the interests of Burkina Faso’s shea butter producers, most of whom are rural women, by helping them to improve production and boost sales. Song-Taaba Yalgré itself is based in Ouagadougou, but most of […]

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Global Shea 2010 – Bamako, Mali

Global Shea 2010 – Bamako, Mali

Posted on 05. Feb, 2010 by .

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On March 16 in Bamako, Mali, the most important shea industry event of the year will get underway. Global Shea 2010 will bring together every aspect of the shea industry.

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Shea Nuts to Shea Butter – Milling

Shea Nuts to Shea Butter – Milling

Posted on 07. Sep, 2009 by .

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Milling is done after the crushed shea nuts are roasted and cooled. Milling breaks the nuts down to finer particles in preparation for the next step of extraction.

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Shea Nuts to Shea Butter – Crushing and Roasting

Shea Nuts to Shea Butter – Crushing and Roasting

Posted on 04. Sep, 2009 by .

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The roasting of the crushed nuts serves to soften the nuts and make the next steps of oil the extraction easier. I have seen the roasting of shea nuts done in two ways. The crushed nuts are roasted in an open pan, or they are placed into a roaster as shown below. Both ways are fine as long as there is no burning.

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A case for Solar Dryers in Shea Butter Processing

Posted on 02. Sep, 2009 by .

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Sun drying is the process of drying crops in the open, but it’s not very effective. Flies, other insects and debris intrude. It is preferable for drying to be done in a controlled environment, utilizing the sun to heat the air before it is passed through stacks of grains.

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Maker Faire Africa (MFA) – Celebrating African Innovation

Maker Faire Africa (MFA) – Celebrating African Innovation

Posted on 20. Aug, 2009 by .

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This is one event I wish I could have attended. It took place in Accra, Ghana 2 weeks after I left. The underlying theme of Makers Faire inaugural event is to celebrate ingenuity, innovation and invention within Africa.

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