TPA network for small food processors
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CTA. 1999. TPA network for small food processors. Spore 81. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The TPA network for technologies and partnership in food processing was set up in 1988 by individuals involved in the development of food processing in the South. It is run by a network secretariat based at GRET, the French research and technology...
The TPA network for technologies and partnership in food processing was set up in 1988 by individuals involved in the development of food processing in the South. It is run by a network secretariat based at GRET, the French research and technology exchange group. The network promotes awareness of small-scale food processing technologies and the exchange of information and knowledge between those concerned: entrepreneurs, support and advisory services, teachers, people working on R&D of equipment. In 1994, TPA extended its operations to include small enterprises. The network operates throughout Africa (Angola, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa), and its members are groups, enterprises and individuals involved in research and training, food processing, marketing, and cooperation. A bulletin is produced every 6 months, at present only in French. Its four sections concern production, selling, investment, and innovation. They follow selected themes such as babyfoods or packaging, on which they give technical and financial information, including case studies. Another publication, a network members newsletter, again only in French at present, started in February 1999 on a quarterly schedule. Its news pages cover topical subjects, new books, seminars, training courses, and trade fairs. It also describes various Websites on food processing (small enterprises, products, equipment, and subsectors). For the past year, the technical secretariat has been operating a question-and-answer service on such items as packaging, marketing, product processing, and market outlets, as well as organisations providing technical assistance and support in project design. TPA also has a Website, with links to information by subject and by product as well as to related sites. Another aspect of TPA's networking activities is the development of national network points. At present there are three, in Benin, Madagascar, and Senegal. Each network point collects information on food processing in the country and circulates it within the network. Like all active networks, TPA depends mainly on the voluntary input of its members. For further information TPA Network, c/o GRET 211-213, rue La Fayette 75010 Paris, France Fax: +33 1 40 05 61 10 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.gret.org/tpa National network points Benin Réseau TPA, c/o Maison Abel Aïssi Carré 573, Quartier Akpakpa Cotonou, Benin Email: email@example.com Madagascar c/o Vincent Durruty and Hary Lala Rakotonaivo CITE (Centre d'information technique et ?conomique) BP 74, Ambatonakanga Antananarivo 101, Madagascar Fax: +261 20 22 336 69 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.agricta.org/Spore/spore81/www.refer.mg/madag_ct/cop/cite/%20base.htm Senegal Relais national TPA c/o ENDA GRAF BP 13069, Grand Yoff Dakar, Senegal Fax: +221 827 32 15 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.agricta.org/Spore/spore81/www.metissacana.sn/tpasen