Centre for the Development of Industry (CDI)
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CTA. 1993. Centre for the Development of Industry (CDI). Spore 46. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Centre for the Development of Industry (CDI)The CDI is the sister organization of CTA: both institutes have been established within the framework of the Lom\E9 Convention. Whereas CTA's concern is with agricultural and rural cooperation, CDI's...
The CDI is the sister organization of CTA: both institutes have been established within the framework of the Lom\E9 Convention. Whereas CTA's concern is with agricultural and rural cooperation, CDI's mandate is to help establish and strengthen industrial enterprises in the ACP States, particularly by encouraging joint initiatives by economic operators of the European Community and the ACP States. The prosperity and development of agriculture depends increasingly on close and efficient integration of production with processing, and an area of common ground and mutual interest has developed between the agricultural and industrial sectors. This is particularly the case where small and medium size industrial enterprises (SMEs) are involved. SMEs are the prime concern of CDI and are also the enterprises most likely to be based in the rural areas; readers of Spore may therefore, have occasion to seek information or advice from CDI on issues that involve food and agro-industries. CDI can assist SMEs with pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, technical assistance, expertise in secondhand equipment and travel assistance for new enterprises and in-depth evaluation, diagnostic study and advice on improving management and financial control of existing enterprises. Like CTA, CDI is not a funding agency but is a facilitating organization. Its brief is to help with introductions between potential partners in the EC and ACP countries and to provide expertise and training through short-term consultancies. Of all CDI assisted activities, food and agro-related industries account for 43% of the total. In Africa these range from fish-processing in Guinea Bissau to fruit juice processing in Cameroon; from growing flowers for export in The Gambia and cotton-spinning in Kenya to the production of foie gras, maize meal and basket work in Madagascar; from biscuit manufacture in Malawi, cashew processing in Mozambique and production of animal feedstuffs in Burundi to production of peanut paste, chicks and feedstuffs in Senegal, coconut cream in Seychelles and dried fruit in Togo. In the Caribbean and Pacific CDI has also assisted in many agriculture-related enterprises including dairy production in St. Lucia, coconut oil in the Dominican Republic, honey and furniture manufacture from local timber in Fiji, brewing in Samoa, a match factory in Belize and a range of industries in Suriname including banana vinegar, crystallized fruit, shrimp farming and palm oil. CDI's bi-monthly bulletin Partnership, which is the Institute's equivalent of Spore, describes major activities and developments in which CDI is currently involved. In addition CDI publishes useful guides including A guide to partnerships in industry, Investment profiles for small industrial projects and Financial resources for industrial projects in ACP countries. Further guides of particular interest and relevance to the agro-industrial sector which are in preparation are Small-scale equipment for fruit-juice processing, Diversification of biomass, Outlets for coconuts products and Small soap works. Spore readers wishing to contact CM for information, advice or publications may do so at: 52 av. Hermann Debroux Brussels 1160, BELGIUM
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