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Low Cost Extrusion Plant

On November the 13th the Food and Agricultural Institute at the University of Lille presented its work to date on the development of a low cost extrusion technology and the progress made on its potential application in emergency situations. The Institute expects to be able to use the technology (which can produce blended flours from local products) at very low cost (expected equipment cost of only $10,000) and on a small scale (capacity of equipment is around 30-50 kg/hour) at farm level in western countries or at camp level in emergency situations.

The technology is already being used in development projects, e.g. Vietnam and Peru. The Institute is working with other partners to develop certain aspects of this technology, i.e. optimising nutritional content of extruded foods, making use of local food produces and minimising costs. Project management factors are also being addressed in the project. e.g. ensuring scope for sustainable activity by local implementing partners.

Application and uptake of this technology in emergency camp situations could yield at least three major benefits:

More details can be obtained Dominique Bounie IAAL, USTL Batiment C6, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex, France, Tel: +33 (0) 3 2043 49 21, Fax: +33 (0) 3 20 43 44 86, E-mail: dominique.bounie@univ-lillel.fr

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Low Cost Extrusion Plant. Field Exchange 3, January 1998. p15. www.ennonline.net/fex/3/low