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AFRICABIZ VOL 1 - ISSUES: 64 & 65
AUGUST 15 - OCTOBER 14, 2004
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Dear visitor and international investor,


We warmly welcome you, if this is your first visit to Africabiz Online - The ultimate newsletter on trading and investing in 49 sub-Saharan African countries. If you are a regular and faithful reader, welcome back.

- THIS DELIVERY STANDS FOR TWO ISSUES

AFRICABIZ Online's Editorial Team is taking one month break from September 1 to September 30. Therefore, this delivery covers two months: August 15 to September 14 - Issue N° 64; and September 15 to October 14 - Issue N° 65. The next issue N° 66 will be online on October 15, 2004.

- AFRICABIZ ONLINE NOW USES PHP CODING

Since end of July 2004, Africabiz Online adopted xHTML coding and php extension. All files in http://businessafrica.net and http://africabiz.org end with php instead of htm as before 30 July 2004. Thus the homepage of Africabiz is no more: /africabiz/ezine/home.htm but /africabiz/ezine/home.php

The change has no importance to the visitor to http://businessafrica.net and http://africabiz.org. It main purpose is to make easier files' management and archiving using MySQL. In the near future, it will also help Africabiz Online propose RSS feed for the Email edition. Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an easy way for Web sites to share headlines and stories from other sites. It will help Africabiz Online gain more audience on the World Wild Web.

- FACTS ARE DIFFERENT FROM OPINIONS


Africabiz Online dedicated several deliveries to explain Ivory Coast's political crisis (43, 57 and type "ivory coast political crisis" in the Search Africabiz' field at the left panel of this page to get listing of all articles related to the matter).

The origin the crisis was traced back to the rivalry between Bedie and Ouattara for the succession of Ivory Coast's founder, president Houphouet Boigny.

According to rumors, during the last international gathering to ending the imbroglio, the former opponents seem to bury the war hatchet and may be planing for a political alliance for the forthcoming presidential ballot of end 2005.

After 10 years of bad assessment of facts, Ivorian politicians are now seeing the light. Indeed, they displayed poor leadership in crisis management and brought the country to its knees for political ambitions that do not have vision. Consequently, several thousand of people had been killed, sociologic relationship between Southerners and Northerners severely damaged and the economy debased. Click here to read about: Facts, Opinions And Decision Making

- Contributor's Guidelines are here to review. Your contribution on "How African countries / entrepreneurs could bridge the developing gap" is welcome.

Many thanks for dropping by and see you here on October 15, 2004.


Dr. B.M. Quenum

Editor of AFRICABIZ
Contact Dr. Bienvenu-Magloire Quenum

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN AFRICA

- Several business opportunities - component parts of the Integrated Developing Scheme described in Africans, Stop Being Poor! are listed in following table.

a- SHEA BUTTER ( 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13)
b- BLUE GOLD ( 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)
c- FREEZE-DRIED PAPAIN ( 20, 21, 22 and here)
d- KENAF ( 23, 24)
e- VEGETABLE OIL ( 25, 26, 27, 28)
f- CEREALS ( 30, 31, 32, 33)
g- FRUITS (34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46)
h- ESSENTIAL OILS (47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52)
i- ROOTS & TUBERS 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)

- TROPICAL ROOTS AND TUBERS: PART VIII - CONCLUSION: SUMMARY ABOUT ROOTS AND TUBERS AS ECONOMIC CATALYSTS

Cassava, potato, and sweet potato rank among the top 10 food crops produced in developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa - SSA - is expected to experience the fastest growth in food demand for all roots and tubers, largely driven by rapid population's growth. SSA share in the total demand for developing countries will be 53 percent, with cassava accounting for two-thirds of the increase.

Here are listed four processed cassava's products
, which highlight the fact that cassava could be an important components - an Economic Catalyst - to the Integrated Economic Development Scheme. Briefs on the preparation of fresh cassava prior to the production of chips and pellets are reported here. Operating conditions to producing cassava ships on a small-scale basis are posted here.

The following link dealt with Investment briefs to producing cassava floor with small-scale industrial units. Each unit can create 60 jobs or 60,000 jobs if 1,000 units are installed. That is a lot for rural areas in a developing country.

Starting from Issue 60, four deliveries (A -
Introduction B- Market C - Plantation's creation and D - Medium-scale industrial production unit) deal with the production of a granulated cassava flour that is a popular food in Africa: GARI

- C - POSSIBILITY TO PRODUCE 20 MILLION METRIC TONS OF FINE GARI FLOUR FOR BAKERY

As per information and data provided in Issue 61, there is the possibility to establish in Africa 8,000 operations to producing coarse gari flour and creating around 1,096,000 industrial jobs in rural areas. The market value being around US$ 3.8 billion.

In addition, coarse gari flour could be ground to fine flour of gari (granulation: 150 micron) that could be used as partial substitute to wheat flour in bakery. Here one is talking about a market of minimum 20 million metric tons of fine gari flour to cater for bakery business all over Africa - A market value of US$ 8 billion.

A consulting firm in Cameroon: Agro-pme dedicated a lot of research works on the substitution of flours originating from maize, sorghum and roots and tubers for bakery products. 40% inclusion of fine gari flour in replacement of wheat flour in bakery products. Ing. René Taga, wrote an interesting article about the subject that is available here (in French).

To summarize, the development of an industry based on tubers and roots is one of the surest way to establish an economic catalyst to boost the economy of any African country. Targeting 10% of potential market (fresh cassava, Gari and fine Gari flour) would assure a revenue in the range of US$ 800 million to US$ 1.5 billion.

MORE ON ROOTS AND TUBERS
1- Roots & Tubers Market in Qatar
2- Roots & Tubers Market in Europe
3- Food Security: In Sub-Saharan Africa
In Latin America and the Caribbean
4- Roots and Tubers: A Vegetable Cookbook
by Kyle D. Fulwiler
5-
Tuber Crops
by N. M. Nayar

6- Roots, Tubers, Plantains and Bananas in Animal Feeding
Proceedings of the Fao Expert Consultation Held in Ciat, Cali, Colombia 21-25 January 1991
7- Pest Management for Tropical Roots & Tubers Workshop on the Global Status of and Prospects
8- The Tropical Tuber Crops
Yam, Cassava, Sweet Potato, and Cocoyams by I. Chukuma Onwueme

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