Improved Shea Roaster
Shea nuts are grown and harvested across much of West Africa. It is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and the majority of the processing is done by women who get paid very little. Additionally, the current process for roasting shea kernels needs improvement to address significant health and environmental shortcomings, including low fuel efficiency and high particulate emissions. Problems with inconsistent roasting quality were also observed.
For the early stages of this project, BDL partnered with Burro Brand Ltc., a Ghana-based developer and distributor of productivity-enhancing innovations. Together, BDL and Burro applied for a $125,000 grant through Winrock International, which required a 100% matching contribution for the $250,000 project. The project began on May 1st, 2018 and will last 2 years, consisting of multiple design and testing iterations in both lab and field to produce a quality product which meets the women’s needs. Goals of the project include reducing wood fuel consumption by 40% and reducing particulate and carbon monoxide emissions by 90%. BDL is actively accepting contributions to this matching effort.
Reduce fuel consumption by 40%
Reduce particulate emissions by 90%
Improve product quality