Africa prize for food processing pioneer
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CTA. 1991. Africa prize for food processing pioneer. Spore 32. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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With the loan of ten shillings from a relative in 1943 to buy oranges, Dr Esther Afua Ocloo started her first business - making marmalade! Since then she has become an expert on food preservation and has trained thousands of women from all over...
With the loan of ten shillings from a relative in 1943 to buy oranges, Dr Esther Afua Ocloo started her first business - making marmalade! Since then she has become an expert on food preservation and has trained thousands of women from all over Africa in her techniques. Now the Managing Director of Nkulena Industries Ltd, Ghana, a food processing company, and founder of Women's World Banking, Dr Ocloo has been awarded the Africa Prize for Leadership. She is the first woman to win the prize. The prize was initiated m 1987 by The Hunger Project, an NGO committee to the eradication of hunger by the end of the century, and it is designed to alert public opinion both inside and outside Africa to the fight against hunger. Food preservation skills are vital in a region where 30% of food grown perishes before it reaches the markets. Through her leadership of local, national and international NGOs, Dr Ocloo has trained many women, especially those with low incomes, in food preservation, appropriate technology and management. Women's World Banking (WWB) of which she is co-founder, is a worldwide organisation established to assist low income women. WWB helps women who have no access to collateral to become self-reliant, by giving them access to credit to start or extend their business become more productive an] control their profits. Dr E A Ocloo Managing Director Nkulena Industries Ltd PO Box 36 Madina Accra GHANA