FAO Fisheries Department

Simple fish-drying racks improve livelihoods and nutrition in Burundi



Raised wire-mesh racks, covered with small, silver lake

fish drying in the sun, stretch across the Burundi shore of Lake Tanganyika near the small fishing village of Mvugo. While simple in design, these drying racks have made an enormous contribution both to local nutrition and the local economy. This improved drying technique was introduced in 2004 by an 18-month

FAO project, during which a small

pilot centre was constructed near

Mvugo fishing village.