Nigeria finally gets serious about Shea Butter trade

Nigeria finally gets serious about Shea Butter trade

Posted on 10. Feb, 2010 by .

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Post taken from West African Trade Hub West Africa Trade Hub – Conference connects the industry – and business does the rest. On a recent sunny afternoon in Minna, Nigeria, Thompson Ogunsanmi had a list of new developments in the area’s shea sector to share. It was a long list. Activity in the shea business […]

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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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Can shea nuts help the women of Mali – Africa News blog | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters

Can shea nuts help the women of Mali – Africa News blog | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters

Posted on 29. Jan, 2010 by .

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Elisee Sidibe, the group’s Permanent Secretary, says shea butter is an excellent way to fight poverty in rural Mali. “So if the government and its partners support the shea industry and help position it on the international market, then we could dramatically reduce poverty among women in rural areas.”

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Strategic Partnerships for Sustainable Shea Butter Production

Strategic Partnerships for Sustainable Shea Butter Production

Posted on 11. Jan, 2010 by .

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Sustainable shea butter production in Africa through strategic partnerships between producers in Africa and US based buyer and marketing company

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West African Shea Butter Promoted at Suppliers Day in California

West African Shea Butter Promoted at Suppliers Day in California

Posted on 02. Nov, 2009 by .

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The Society of Cosmetic Chemists California Chapter Suppliers’ Day 2009 is a bi-annual West Coast Show. The 2-day event from October 22-23, 2009 is a networking platform for meeting with over 1,000 of the most innovative R&D Chemists, formulators, entrepreneurs, executives, manufacturers, retailers and distributors covering the western United States.

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Adding Value to Shea Butter

Adding Value to Shea Butter

Posted on 24. Sep, 2009 by .

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One of the most straightforward means of adding value to any commodity is the processing of raw material into higher-value end-products – in this case the extraction of shea butter from shea nuts.

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Sustainability and Fair Trade

Sustainability and Fair Trade

Posted on 22. Sep, 2009 by .

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Promoting Fair Trade that benefits the local producers, is the key to keeping the shea butter business sustainable. The local producers are ultimately the caretakers of the shea trees.

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Shea Nuts to Shea Butter – The Final Product

Posted on 15. Sep, 2009 by .

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The wisdom and skill of these African women to extract this rich nourishing butter from a brown shea nut never ceases to amaze me.

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Shea Nut to Shea Butter – Cooking and Filtering

Shea Nut to Shea Butter – Cooking and Filtering

Posted on 11. Sep, 2009 by .

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The next step is to skim the butter emulsion into an aluminum pot and cook over a fire. This process causes the water to evaporate and separates the chaff from the butter.

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Shea Nuts to Shea Butter – Kneading

Shea Nuts to Shea Butter – Kneading

Posted on 09. Sep, 2009 by .

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The kneading process is the actual extraction phase. All the preliminary activities of boiling, shelling, drying, crushing, roasting and milling serve to make extraction process more productive.

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