Bread without wheat flour
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CTA. 1997. Bread without wheat flour. Spore 69. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The aim of the Broci project in Cote d'lvoire is to promote the processing of tropical staples (cereals, roots and oilseeds) into a wide range of breads, biscuits and cakes known as bros. This generic term implies that the proportion of wheat flour...
The aim of the Broci project in Cote d'lvoire is to promote the processing of tropical staples (cereals, roots and oilseeds) into a wide range of breads, biscuits and cakes known as bros. This generic term implies that the proportion of wheat flour which the product contains is no more than 50% of the dry matter weight and that the tropical staples used have not been imported from another continent. The Project's activities focus on training and technical support for women who are interested in making and selling these products. Although set up in 1991, the Broci project was slow to get started, largely because it lacked promotion. However, since last year the range of products has been extended to about a dozen; all use as their base ingredients, sweet potato, cassava, maize or plantain to form a type of'bros' pizza as well as biscuits. Vending kiosks have been installed at strategic points within the city of Abidjan, and television and radio programmes, as well as articles in the press, have contributed to the success of the enterprise. In response to the growing demand for its products, the project has now acquired a large electric oven capable of producing up to 40,000 'bros' a day. In order to ensure complete success of the Project, three constraints remain to be overcome. These are the absence on the market of local cereal flours of good quality (a small-scale flour mill is being constructed), the fluctuating price of these cereals (which requires a policy of buying and stocking, immediately after harvest, quantities sufficient for the whole year) and the subsidies allowed on wheat flour which gives it an advantage over local products. Projet Caritas-Broci PO Box 750 Abidjan 01 COTE D'IVOIRE