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Title:What are We Promoting? A Case Study of the Introduction of a New Milling Technology in a Rural Area in Zimbabwe
Author:MacGarry, BrianISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
grain processing
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Community relations
Milling industry
Abstract:This case study looks at the introduction to Zimbabwe of a new sorghum milling technology developed in Botswana. This technology, it was assumed, would, by making the processing of small grains less laborious, encourage increased production of these grains. In the analysis of what actually happened in the milling project in one community - Sasa, 25 km east of Mutoko in northeast Zimbabwe - focus is on the mill as a business enterprise and on issues of community organization and management. The case study concludes with the view that while there may be a number of nonmonetary benefits accruing from the milling project, there has not been a noticeable increase in sorghum production nor is the financial self-sustainability of the mill clear. Bibliogr.