This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R6631: Improved processing of shea nuts in
A new press for extracting shea butter reduces processing time by more
than a third, cuts water consumption drastically and eliminates the need
for fuel wood. This is important for many rural women in northern Ghana
who depend on shea butter for income. It represents a huge improvement
over the traditional method of processing, which is extremely arduous
and timeconsuming, and uses large quantities of scarce natural resources
such as water and firewood. The press is operated manually with minimal
effort, alleviating the drudgery associated with traditional processing
techniques, and the extracted butter meets the quality specifications of
major European buyers. The new technology has been transferred to 400
rural-based community groups in Uganda, benefiting 10,000 people.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (8
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPH36, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 109.