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African Food Tradition Revisited by Research (AFTER)

Summary: AFTER aims to revisit traditional African products, knowledge and know-how in the light of new technologies for the benefit of consumers,producers and processors in Africa and Europe. By applying European science and technology to African traditional food products, AFTER seeks to turn research into quantifiable and innovative technologies and products that are commercially viable in both European and African markets. The 10 selected products representing 3 families of foods (fermented cereal-based, fermented salted fish and meat, and vegetable and fruit based functional foods) fit into a matrix of technologies and processes shared between Europe and Africa that will be jointly developed within the framework of AFTER.

 

 Creating new markets and trade opportunities for improved traditional foods and novel products in Europe and Africa will increase economic returns for all stakeholders involved in the production chain, down to the community level. Due consideration will be accorded to regulatory, ethical and IPR issues while also protecting the intellectual rights of Africans.

 In Ghana, the dehulled kenkey will be characterized according to existing knowledge on technologies and processes. The improved product, produced through reengineering and new processing technologies, will be tested for consumer acceptance, safety and nutritional quality. The market and entry requirements for new kenkey will be assessed. Involving EU and African companies in production trials for the improved product will translate the results into ready-to-use information for food companies.

OBJECTIVES

To reach comprehensive scientific knowledge of the existing know-how on technologies, processes and products.

To propose improved traditional processes by reengineering of the unit operations with the aim of improving the safety and nutritional quality while keeping or improving the organoleptic characteristics of traditional products.

To reach objective criteria of acceptability of the traditional products by the consumers and to ensure that the products can effectively access the EU markets in view of regulatory and ethical issues while protecting the intellectual rights of the people in Africa.

To present the results into ready-to-use information for food companies including SMEs via guidelines on quality management, food law and regulation and consumer protection and to transfer the results to the stakeholders from Africa and from the EU.

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