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Production, Processing and Marketing

There is no reliable documentation on when and where humans started consuming snails as a food supplement. In many places where snails occur, especially in tropical and sub-tropical areas like West and East Africa, natives gather snails, eat them and sell the surplus as a source of income.

This booklet aims to provide ideas to farmers who would like to produce snails on a small scale for consumption or marketing. It is not primarily intended for entrepreneurs wishing to engage in large-scale snail farming for the export market. Attention is focused here on three major species, Achatina achatina, Achatina fulica and Archachatina marginata, that are common in tropical areas, especially in Africa.

Version 1, 2008