Enhancing the peanut value chain, from processing to marketing peanuts and peanut products – Product Development
University of Georgia
Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Makerere University, National Agricultural Research Organization (Uganda); University of Ghana-Legon (Ghana)
Manjeet Chinnan, Wojciech Florkowski
This project seeks to enhance incomes and employment opportunities of people through a strategy of improving small agricultural producers’ access to markets and stimulating new market demand, through activities that focus on improving post-harvest techniques, quality, peanut product development and access to market information and linkages. We propose to address the global constraints with the developing of a model in peanut processing, marketing and utilization. The model will be based on the existing Peanut Innovation Incubator Model (PIIM) conceptualized by the Principal and Co-investigators, who successfully implemented it to commercialize peanut products in two countries in Asia, the Philippines and Thailand, and verified during the previous 10 years of the Peanut CRSP.
1. Identify opportunities for enhancing peanut value chain, specifically processing and market development of peanuts and peanut products" 2. Establish current consumption and marketing patterns and identify potential new market opportunities for peanut-based products (This is primarily handled by Dr. Florkowski). 3. Determine issues related to expanding markets for peanuts including the status of peanut industry, practices and technical constraints in the peanut value chain. 4. Develop technologies for new and improved peanut products targeted toward village-based, small, and medium size peanut processing industries. 5. Transfer ingredient or product technologies for adoption and commercialization through partnering with identified peanut industry stakeholders. 6. Enhance human capital and advance skills relevant to peanut market research, technology development and commercialization 7. Enhance institutional capacity in the areas of peanut utilization research, technology development and transfer.