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  1. Product Description: Weaning food is a type of food prepared from different ingredients to constitute a balanced diet.  The food is given to babies, children and breast- feeding mothers.  For the purpose of mixing the different ingredients in the required proportion and for large-scale production, weaning food is mainly produced in factories.  Fafa food products are examples of weaning food.

 




  1. Rationale: Due to the widespread poverty prevailing in the Amhara Region, pregnant mothers do not get proper and sufficient diet during pregnancy.  This does not physically affect only the mothers but also the yet-unborn babies.  At birth most babies are below the normal weight.  After birth the mothers and the babies do not get the necessary diet in the required amount and mix.  The mothers remain weak and sickly; the children underweight and susceptible to diseases.  This lack of proper diet affects both the physical and mental conditions of the children.  When one travels through Amhara land, it is common to see underfed, underweight and skinny children tending livestock.  Though it will not eliminate the general shortage of food in the Amhara Region, production of weaning on a commercial scale will improve the food consumption of many if not all mothers, babies and children in Amhara land.

 

  1. Market Potential: In 2004, the Amhara Region had 3.1 million babies and children (0-4 years) and 9.8 million women between the age of 14 and 49.  The babies and children and women, if provided, will consume weaning food.  Currently Fafa Food Products and private a factory produce weaning food.  But for the last 20-25 years, most of the production was supplied to people where there were acute food shortages.  In other words, no weaning food was supplied to mothers and children on a regular basis through out the country; and the benefit of feeding weaning food was not popularized by the media.  But there is a strong felt need for the supply of weaning food for the demand is there waiting to be met.  If might be unrealistic to expect that all children in the Amhara Region will consume weaning food simply because their parents may not afford to buy the food.  But if at least 20 percent or 615,000 of the 3.1 million babies and children (between 0-4 years of age) consume weaning food, and if a child consumes at the minimum 250gm of weaning food per day, the annul demand will be 561,187 quintals or 56,118 tons of weaning food per year.  This is more than the production capacity of 4 medium scale factories.

 

  1. Source of Raw Materials: Weaning food is made form various farm products.  All the raw material can be secured from the Region.

 

  1. Production Process & Technology: The production processes generally include the following operations.  Sorting, cleaning, soaking, steam cooking, drying, roasting, crushing and grinding, cooking and packing.  Soaking and steam cooking are done only for Soya beans.  The major equipment required for the plant include winnowing machine, electric dryers, electric ovens, cooling steel vat, a crushing machine and millstone.

 

  1. Estimated Investment: Birr 2.33 million

 

  1. Benefit: Improves the physical and mental well being of children, contributes to the development of productive human resources of the Region, increase production due to labor input of physically and mentally healthy labor forces makes the Region self-sufficient in this important food item.

 

  1. Location: Debre Markos, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Combolcah.

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