Preparation of this document

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The Fourth FAO Expert Consultation on Fish Technology in Africa, held from 25 to 28 April 1988 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, recommended inter alia that research should be carried out on fermented fish in Africa including:

(i) description of the processes and products as well as an assessment of their importance;
(ii) scientific analysis of the processes; and
(iii) product development.

The Fish Utilization and Marketing Service of FAO's Fishery Industries Division commissioned Mr Kofi Manso Essuman, a fish technologist and nutritionist from Ghana, to collect information through literature research and visits to selected countries in the Sahel region and West Africa known for their fermented fish production. This work was done in November and December 1991 and Mr Essuman submitted his report in February 1992. The report was subsequently edited and printed by FAO.

Mr Essuman is presently employed by Lever Brothers (Ghana) Ltd. and can be contacted at P.O. Box 11716, Accra-North, Ghana.

The references have not been checked for conformity with the standard FAO format.


FAO Fisheries Department
FAO Regional Fishery Officers
Selected institutes and projects

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