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National Stakeholders’ Inception Workshop on Fish Loss and Waste in Egypt. Alexandria/Egypt

11/04/2017-12/04/2017

Egypt is producing nowadays approximately 1,5 million Tonnes of fish and fishery products. Fish loss and waste is a very important issue in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Large amounts of production are lost for inadequate handling, preservation, processing, storage and distribution. Poor technical capacity on fish hygiene, environment sanitation and basic fish technology technics worsen the situation.

For this reason the FAO Near East and North Africa Fisheries and Aquaculture team with the FAO Representation in Egypt started a national project under the Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction funded by the FAO Multi-Partner Programme Support Mechanism (FMM), with the objective to reduce pre and post-harvest losses and waste in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Egypt through the analysis of the fish loss and waste situation in the country, strengthening the strategic, policy and regulatory framework and reinforcing the local capacity of the various actors of the value chain.

 The first activity of the project will be this National Stakeholder’s Workshop with the goal to get through a stakeholder’s participatory approach an overall idea of the loss and waste current situation in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Egypt.

The expected outcomes are to jointly discuss the challenges and opportunities of the Fish Loss and Waste in Egypt, agree on the national priorities and develop a clear National Action Plan.