FAO Diversification booklet 4
FAO Diversification booklet 4


High-Hopes for Post-Harvest

A New Look at Village-Scale Crop Processing

Brian Clarke

Agricultural Support Systems Division
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2004
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ISBN 92-5-105071-6
ISSN 1810-0775

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Some basic facts about village processing

Benefits of using appropriate processing technologies for creating sustainable livelihoods

Choices and the factors that influence them

Business choices
Machinery choices
Crop choices

Some factors that affect choices

How to do it: equipment and methods for village operation

Grain storage
Oil extraction
Rice milling
Maize milling
Crop cleaners
Cassava processing equipment
Cashew shellers

Supporting technologies required for village processing

Machinery sales office or dealership
Rural machine-repair shops
Training and skills acquisition
Packaging materials
Disposal of waste

Further reading

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