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Title:Agro-Technology Information and Africa-Centered Development
Author:Kordylas, J. Maud
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:food industry
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Abstract:Africa has the potential and the manpower to feed itself. It needs, however, to change its development mentality from a Western-oriented one to a more African-centred one, taking into account the realities of Africa's tropical environment, its cultural heritage, cultural capabilities and the skills which reside in its people. First, the author examines a number of projects in the food manufacturing sector which are based on Westernization policies. These include milk production and distribution, wheat flour mills, breweries and nonalcoholic beverage factories, and tropical oil crop production and processing. It appears that, instead of aiming to promote African economic development, the establishment of these factories was meant primarily to promote the economic interests of foreign investors. Next, the author critically examines the possibilities for the establishment of projects which are adapted to the African situation, using the production of dairy milk, beer and carbonated beverages, and tropical oil palms as an example. To stimulate economic development in the region, Africa would have to begin to manufacture its own food products, based on African raw materials, particularly products that fit into the dietary patterns of its people. Ref.