The history of Eritrea’s first industry: the canning of meat

This article investigates the history of the canning industry in Eritrea from its inception, in 1913, up to the 1960’s to highlight changes in the country as a result of the arrival of the first industrial activities. Canned meat was the first product to become a major export industry in Eritrea.

Canning Eritrea

During the First World War Eritrean meat greatly contributed to the sustainment of the Italian army, while in the 1950s Israel’s Tzena (rationing system) made extensive use of Kosher frozen and corned beef prepared in Asmara. The first part of this article aims at providing a sketch of the history of the canning industry in Eritrea from its origins up to the 1960s.

Source: Proceedings of the International Conference on Eritrean Studies 20-22 July 2016, Asmara, National Higher Education and Research Institute, pp. 177-211, 2018

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