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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 1996

Improved processing of shea nuts in northern Ghana

Shea Nuts - Northern Ghana

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Improved processing of shea nuts in northern Ghana

Pays : Ghana

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R6631

DFID Programme : Crop Post Harvest

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Lead Institutes : Natural Resources Institute (NRI)
Managing Institutes : Natural Resources International Limited (NRIL)
Collaborating Institutes : Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) ; International Centre for Underutilised Crops, University of Southampton ; University of Science and Technology - Kumasi

Durée : Start Date : 01-04-1996 End Date : 30-03-1997

Objectif  : Traditional shea processing improved and method disseminated.

Descriptif
Women and children process shea nuts using a time-consuming, laborious manual method involving large amounts of water and firewood which are scarce in these semi-arid areas where shea trees grow. Shea butter (the product of processing) is used for cooking and cosmetic use. The process provides income for the processors. Some raw nuts are aggregated by traders and exported. The traditional process involves collecting the shea fruit, removing the pulp, cracking the nut, pounding the kernel, roasting, milling, adding water, beating the paste for an hour, adding large volumes of water to release shea cream, rinsing the cream, skimming, boiling cream to produce oil, leaving oil overnight to produce butter.

Total Cost to DFID : £46,690

Présentation : UKAID

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