There's no business like small business
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CTA. 2000. There's no business like small business. Spore 86. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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From 30 November to 3 December 1999, CTA, together with CIRAD, the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and ENDA-Graf (Senegal), co-organised a seminar on small agrifood businesses in western and central Africa
Small agrifood enterprises are very important as they offer employment and livelihood to many families and contribute both to the economy and food security. From 30 November to 3 December 1999, CTA, together with CIRAD, the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and ENDA-Graf (Senegal), co-organised a seminar on small agrifood businesses in western and central Africa. The seminar was linked to a series of four regional studies and workshops in Africa. The main objectives were to assess the importance of the sector and its main constraints, and to find ways of supporting and improving it. More than 60 participants discussed four major themes: learning and education, access to credit, marketing and quality of produce, and opportunities to promote new means of support. The need for education and training in hygiene, human resource management, stock management, and quality control, for example, is enormous. Access to credit remains a problem due to the dispersed location of the enterprises and their desire for long-term, low-interest loans. For marketing and quality the biggest constraints lie in the remoteness of markets as well as inadequate processing and packaging techniques, lack of information on hygiene, and low awareness of what consumers want and about how competing businesses operate. Many participants stressed the need for more business support and advisory services in this sector. Traditional foods: processing for profit. Fellows, P (ed), 1997. ITP & CTA. 210 pp. ISBN 1 85339 228 6. CTA number 796, 20 credit points