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The SmartFish approach: teaching fish hygiene and quality to illiterate fisher-folks through videos

28/01/2014 1:00 - 

The FAO component of the SmartFish project on Food Security has launched a new video-training package to teach small scale fisheries operators in Africa on the importance of hygiene and quality in the small scale fisheries for better quality and business.

The video trainings have been designed by SmartFish and the Kenyan NGO Cultural Video Foundation (CVF) and realized with direct involvement of the target beneficiaries.

The set of activities also include an awareness participatory video which is currently being shown in several landing sites in Uganda and Tanzania through a Mobile Cinema and a consumer education Campaign called “Clean Fish better life”.

“The video language is one of the most effective languages to sensitize and train low literacy people. These videos are also done in an interactive way so that the facilitator can stimulate the audience to discuss and share opinions while the video training goes on. Moreover we made the video as entertaining as possible as an 'edutainment' tool to promote education through fun,” says Alessandra Argenti CVF coordinator.

The video trainings are composed of five interactive modules targeting different kinds of small scale fisheries operators.

MODULE 1 - INTRODUCTION TO GOOD HYGIENE AND GOOD HANDLING PRACTICES 

MODULE 2 - GOOD PRACTICE FOR FISHERMEN 

MODULE 3 - GOOD PRACTICE FOR FISH PROCESSORS 

MODULE 4 - GOOD PRACTICE FOR FISH TRADERS 

MODULE 5 - GOOD PRACTICE FOR FISH CONSUMERS 

The above video trainings are available in five different languages (English, French, Kiswahili, Luganda and Somali) and will be disseminated in the next two months in 45 sites along the Lake Victoria shores of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

For more information contact smartfish@fao.org.

Submitted by: Davide Signa
Country: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda