The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA), is an institution of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) responsible for promoting and facilitating tourism growth and development in the region.
RETOSA has published this handbook, with the CDE technical and financial...
File(s): Tourism Investment Handbook
Green energy, a key factor of costs and competitiveness of SMEs, features amongst CDE’s priority sectors of intervention.
The Energy Efficiency Management Programme (EEMP), started by the CDE in
2007, aims as much at enhancing SMEs’ competitiveness by mainstreaming
best practices in energy...
File(s): EEMP Guide (low resolution), EEMP Guide (high resolution), Press release: launch of the EEMP guide 22.01.2014
The moringa leaf is a nutritionally rich, ecological and economical vegetable available in practically all tropical countries. It is therefore essential to develop the production and consumption of this "green superfood".
Moringa leaves are an excellent, concentrated source of proteins, vitamins...
File(s): Guide: Growing and processing moringa leaves
Developing countries now account for more than half of the global production of potatoes. The potato’s ease of cultivation and high energy content have made it a valuable cash crop for millions of farmers.
The publication of this guide fulfills the request expressed at the workshop on the Potato...
File(s): Potato production in West Africa
Following fact-finding missions by the CDE to Ghana and Nigeria in 2002, it was discovered that the fired clay brick (FCB) and compressed earth block (CEB) sector, in both countries, has known a great improvement of its production and management capacities during the recent years, which has...
File(s): Guide: Site construction skills for bricklayers of fired clay and compressed earth bricks (part I), Guide: Site construction skills for bricklayers of fired clay and compressed earth bricks (part II)
The arena of pharmaceutical products and medicinal plants offers many possibilities for ACP entrepreneurs. In fact, many private initiatives are already underway in this increasingly important sector.
This manual is designed to assist existing and would be ACP producers of herbal extracts and...
File(s): Manual on herbal extraction
The aim of this publication is to give a general overview of issues related to dimension stone exploitation. It will assist those people wishing to enter the stone business togain a better understanding of the features of this sector at international level and of the steps necessary to develop a...
File(s): Guide on Dimension stone quarrying in ACP countries
Aquafarming stations provide 20 to 25 % of the world production of sea shrimps. More than fifty countries, most of which in the tropical zones, are involved in this activity. The Asian continent alone accounts for more than 75 % of the shrimps marketed around the world, the rest being provided...
File(s): Guide: Shrimp farming in tropical zones
This technical guide is aimed at any wood industry entrepreneur in ACP countries, willing to acquire a multi-headed planer moulder for processing wood and eager to better understand its use.
It provides an overview of the different models available on the market, explains their respective mode of...
File(s): Guide: Multi-headed planer moulder for the wood industry_Part I, Guide: Multi-headed planer moulder for the wood industry_Part II
Timber drying is a CDE technical guide aimed at ACP professionals of the wood sector. It provides a comprehensive number of information on the best techniques for timber production.
File(s): Guide: Timber drying
This document is intended for all manufacturers, investors, production or maintenance directors, economists, etc., who intend to develop a new method of packaging fruit juices, uncarbonated fruit drinks, or non-alcoholic fruit drinks.
The document explains the different possibilities for packaging...
File(s): Guide: Packaging of fruit juice and non-carbonated fruit drinks (part I), Guide: Packaging of fruit juice and non-carbonated fruit drinks (part II)
Mining plays a vitally important role in many ACP economies. It acts as the backbone to economic development and is responsible for making a significant contribution to GDP and foreign exchange earnings. Currently, Africa has the fastest growing mineral exploration sectors in the world, and...
File(s): Guide: Mineral exploration - metallic minerals - part I, Guide: Mineral exploration - metallic minerals - part II
In this text, the representations of the main machinery necessary for the process of manufacturing materials of burnt clay are virtual reality images of old equipment, but the principles are still applicable now because today’s manufacturing methods and processes are the same as those used in the...
File(s): Guide on brickworks_part 1, Guide on brickworks_part 2
This brochure aims to promote the development of the dairy industry in the ACP region. It follows several missions to evaluate this industry in the late 1990s at the initiative of the CDI/CDE in fifteen ACP countries, especially in East Africa and Southern Africa.
It is mainly intended for company...
File(s): Guide: SMEs in the dairy industry
This technical guide is aimed at professionals of the aquaculture sector, fish farmers or investors.
It provides information, ranging from breeding and management, to transport and distribution, through economic and legal aspects and feasibility study,
File(s): Guide: Tilapia farming
Raw earth has been used for the construction of buildings since the most ancient times, and the traditional housing that exists in many parts of our planet bears witness to this fact. Abandoned and forgotten with the advent of industrial building materials, particularly concrete and steel, it is...
File(s): Guide on compressed earth blocks
Right up to the present day, stone has been an essential element for man in the development of his environment. Man has always used stone for building, starting with the simplest dry assembly of basalt pebbles.
This guide provides information on minerals and rocks, the use made of them and the ways...
File(s): Guide: Sand and aggregates - Production equipment (part I), Guide: Sand and aggregates - Production equipment (part II)
Who is this guide for?
This guide is intended for:
bakery professionals in ACP countries, who will find useful tools in it for rationalising and diversifying their businesses;
promoters of bakery projects in ACP countries, who will find in it the necessary details for the design, organisation and...
File(s): Guide: Small bakeries and the use of local cereals
Setting up in ACP territories? Certainly. But where and in what kind of economic environment?
This is a legitimate question, if one is envisaging investments in developing countries or negotiating an industrial cooperation agreement with a local partner.
Because whether or not the expected profits...
File(s): Guide: Setting up in ACP countries
The acquisition of equipment or of a small industrial facility may seem relatively simple for professional buyers who, in addition to their own skills, can rely upon logistic back-up ranging from a design office to that of a legal advisor or financial, transport departments, etc.
For ACP operators...
File(s): Guide: Purchasing industrial equipment (part I), Guide: Purchasing industrial equipment (part II)