Technology and opportunities for Africa, Asia, Latin America

EnterpriseWorks Worldwide, a non-profit organisation, has technology and business opportunities for farmers and entrepreneurs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Over the past two decades, EnterpriseWorks has assisted producers in over 60 countries by identifying appropriate technology for a sector and providing local manufacturing and marketi {mosimage}EnterpriseWorks Worldwide, a non-profit organisation, has technology and business opportunities for farmers and entrepreneurs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Over the past two decades, EnterpriseWorks has assisted producers in over 60 countries by identifying appropriate technology for a sector and providing local manufacturing and marketing opportunities for it.
Examples are:

  • Technologies relevant to the cashew processing industries of Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, including the manufacture of mechanical shellers, curing ovens, steamers, and various packaging technologies.
  • The commercial production and sale of high-efficiency, ceramic-lined cookstoves that substantially reduce the use of charcoal (pictured right). Currently, six types of stoves are available to meet the diverse needs of households in Benin, Mali and Senegal, including charcoal stoves, woodstoves, a special grill and an incense burner.
  • The manufacture of a manually-operated oilseed press (pictured left) for extracting oil from sunflower, sesame, dried coconut, shelled peanuts, canola, mustard seed, niger nut, Jatropha and other seeds. The press is currently used in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
  • The commercial manufacture of a foot-powered water pump. This treadle pump is manufactured in small workshops in Central Africa, using locally available materials, requires minimal repairs, and operates on both suction and pressure, allowing farmers to lift water into a storage basin close to the well or push it through plastic irrigation tubing for up to 50m over flat fields. A single treadle pump can lift up to 7,000 litres of water per hour.
  • Initiatives to increase productivity, introduce value-adding processing and provide access to new markets for small-scale coconut producers of the Philippines. These include imroved kilns and a new method of coconut-oil production by which coconut-flesh is ground in a hammermill, then run through a motorised expeller to produce an edible oil requiring little extra refining. The cake byproduct generated by the fresh-dry processing technique can be used as animal feed.
  • Enhancement of coffee production in Central America by introducing or improving local processing, and establishing and strengthening marketing links between small producer cooperatives and international coffee buyers.
  • A program promoting the production and sale of animal feed supplements in Bangladesh and India.
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