GHANASHEA - Diagnosis of small-scale production units of shea butter and design of an industrial unit

June 2019
July 2019
Project cost
7000 €
Role in the project
Shea expertise




Agriculture Organic Agriculture Agroprocessing Bioenergy



Main goals

Conduct of a diagnostic study on all 21 artisanal production sites of shea butter and for assistance in the conversion of a center into an industrial unit with a capacity of 2 tons/day of finished product butter

Specific objectives

  • Analyze existing production centers and make recommendations to improve working conditions, production performance and environmental performance (water, energy, waste)
  • Design the transformation of a craft center into an industrial center of butter capacity of 2 tons/day


Shea collector and transformation women for Savannah Fruits Company


R1. Report with the description of the operation of the production centers

  • The conclusions of the analysis of the collected data
  • The formulation of the performance improvement tracks
  • The conclusions of the expert on the ability of the company to implement the recommendations
    R2. Expert conclusions on the mission, accompanied by a global equipment plan for all production sites with budget estimate
  • A description of the proposed performance improvement solutions
  • An offer of support for the implementation of all or part of the plan


A1. Diagnosis of production center

  • Visit at least 5 production centers among 21 units
  • Interviews with managers and workers carried out to understand production methods and define the flow of products, water, energy and waste around the production
  • Formulation of recommendations for the development of the activities and the improvement of the performances according to different criteria (speed of production, environment ...)
  • Exchanges at the end of the mission with the sponsors will widen the conclusions to the 21 production centers
    A2. Design of an industrial center
  • Additional working time planned with the managers and main decision-makers of the increase in production volume as well as with the future operators of this center
  • Definition of the desired objectives with the new production center and the methods of implementation and desired operations

Related people

Project Officer / Energy / Burkina

Magloire Sacla Aïde

Design & Mechanical Engineer, specialised in "Energy and industrial technician in mechanical production" from the Ecole Polytechnique of Abomey Calavi (EPAC) in Benin, he brings his expertise in renewable energy including biomass energy recovery and industrial process

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Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste

Etienne Perrier

Having graduated from the Engineering School INSA of Lyon as an Engineer in Energy & Environment, option "Thermal systems engineering", Section "Top-level sport", he brings his expertise in renewable thermal systems implementation and analysis, in the food processing industry (shea and cashew), waste recycling and training of local experts

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Project Manager / Bioenergy & Waste / France

Loïc Simonnot

Engineer in international agro-development from ISTOM, he has high-level expertise recognized by both the public and the private sector, in the shea sector: producers’ organizations, production, processing, marketing and on reducing environmental impacts of processing

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