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Transfer and adaptation of a technology of milk substitutes production in the Andean group: A Bolivian case study

WithGustavo Flores Guevara

This chapter discusses the Andean Group's technological policy, within the context of which the Andean Technological Development Programmes (PADT)-Food is conducted. It looks at conception and justification for the milk substitutes project, and describes the activities of technology transfer, adaptation and development. Once the PADT-Food experts had assimilated the powdered milk substitute technology, they decided to study the possibility of producing the pasteurized hydrolyzed liquid. A milk substitute is considered to be a product with organoleptic and functional characteristics and a nutritional value similar to those of milk but, at the same time, capable of being prepared at a lower cost. On the basis of the cited results a strategy was devised for successfully introducing and marketing the product in the Bolivian market. To accomplish the transfer of the technology procured from Institute of Technological Research, the Junta of the Cartagena Agreement signed a commitment with the Milk Industrialization Plant of Cochabamba, which is subordinate to the Bolivian Development Corporation.