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Food surpluses, regional shortages or even high unemployment may all be reasons for the recent dramatic upsurge of interest in small-scale food processing. Processing is a way of preserving food, to increase food security or simply to avoid waste it is a means of introducing variety into the diet or of adding value to basic foodstuffs and so generating extra income.

For women and men who wish to set up a small business, food processing is often a natural choice when the materials and processes are familiar and accessible. However, there are special difficulties related to food processing; many of the raw materials are highly perishable or seasonal; supplies may be unpredictable and hygiene standards must be very strict. Moreover, it is necessary to look at the whole process when deciding on the equipment required, as each stage must have a similar throughput and there is little room for delay in the process.

Small-Scale Food Processing is therefore divided into two sections, Part One describing the stages and equipment needed to process selected foods in each commoditity; and Part Two cataloguing different sizes and types of equipment. The commodity groups in Part One are:

· Fruit and vegetables
· Cereals and pulses
· Baked goods
· Snack foods
· Honey, syrups and treacle
· Sugar confectionery
· Beverages
· Vegetable oil
· Milk
· Fish

There is also a chapter on packaging, which plays an essential part in the preservation, hygiene maintenance and marketing of a food product.

The equipment in Part Two has been included as being suitable for low- or medium-income producers, throughout the world. Hundreds of manufacturers are included, from 49 different countries, and these are indexed by country, for convenience.

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The Technical Centre for Agricultural Rural Co-operation (CTA) operates under the Lomé Convention between member states of the European Community and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states.

The aim of CTA is to collect, disseminate and facilitate the exchange of information on research, training and innovations in the spheres of agricultural and rural development and extension for the benefit of the ACP States.

The Intermediate Technology Development Group was founded by the late Dr E.F. Schumacher. Intermediate Technology enables poor people in the Third World to develop and use technologies and methods which give them more control over their lives and which contribute to the long-term development of their communities.

Intermediate Technology Publications is the publishing arm of the Intermediate Technology Development Group and is based at 103/105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH, UK.


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