FAO Regional Office for Africa

Call for papers on fish safety, technology and marketing in Africa

African Network on Fish Technology and Safety (ANFTS) 2024


23 November 2023, Accra - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), within the context of the African Network on Fish Technology and Safety (ANFTS), invites experts and professionals to contribute research papers for publication that encompass the latest innovations in technology, food safety and marketing within the fisheries and aquaculture value chains. This call for papers continues on a longstanding tradition of  FAO supported meetings and consultations, that took place in 1980 (Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, 1982 (Casablanca, Morocco), 1985 (Lusaka, Zambia), 1988 (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), 1991 (Accra, Ghana) 1996 (Kisumu, Kenya), 2001 (Saly-Mbour, Senegal), 2005 (Bagamoyo, Tanzania), 2008 (Agadir, Morocco), 2011 (Mahé, Seychelles), 2017 (Elmina, Ghana) and (a virtual event held in Uganda) 2021.

ANFTS aims to provide up-to-date information, promote research and technical collaboration, and enhance national research capacity facilitate the exchange and transfer of technology as well as information geared to support the sustainable development of post-harvest activities in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture value chains. This call for papers is a request to experts and professionals to share their recent knowledge and advances in line with ANFTS objectives.  The selected papers will be presented at the physical meeting scheduled for 2024. The meeting offers a forum for sharing and discussing new technologies and innovations in fish technology, fish safety, trade, socioeconomics, as well as food and nutrition security.

Meeting Objectives

The meeting will provide a forum for stakeholders in the post-harvest fisheries sector to:

a)   Share research findings, technological innovations, and valuable insights.

b)   Address current constraints hindering effective contribution of post-harvest fisheries research to sustainable development.

c)    Develop successful synergies among actors within the post-harvest fisheries sector for fisheries development. 

Subjects and deadlines

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations invites all stakeholders, including government departments, non-governmental organizations, academia, research institutions representatives of small-scale fishers/farmers, civil society, the private sector and professionals within the fisheries and aquaculture sector, to submit abstracts for this meeting. Abstracts should summarize achievements, best practices and challenges related to the following development and research themes:

  1. Reducing and preventing aquatic food losses by implementing multidimensional solutions including better utilization of low value fish, bycatch, and discards and valorisation of by-products. [Food loss and waste reduction]
  2. Enhancing aquatic food product safety and promoting the sustainable consumption of healthy and high-quality aquatic food. [Food safety and nutrition]
  3. Strengthening national, sub-regional marketing channels and international trade of aquatic food products. [Economic sustainability]
  4. Addressing social and gender issues  for  inclusive aquatic food value chains. [Social sustainability]
  5. Understanding and reacting to climate change and environmental impacts affecting the post-harvest fisheries sector. [Environmental sustainability]

Kindly submit abstracts to the FAO Regional Office for Africa, attention [email protected]; not later than 31 December 2023. Abstracts must be written in English or French in Microsoft Word and no longer than 300 words, with a maximum of 4 to 6 keywords.

Following a screening process coordinated by FAO, 30 abstracts will be selected for development into full papers. Guidelines for the development of full papers are as follows:  

The full paper must be short and succinct and not exceed 5000 words with double-spacing (including reference and appendices), Times New Roman font size 12 and 1-inch margin.

Title, authors and affiliation should be clearly written, each contribution must be submitted with the following information in electronic format:

  • TITLE;
  • NAMES first author/co-author/Other co-authors;
  • Title, Institution/affiliation, City, Country;
  • Full contact for each author;
  • Abstract;
  • Body text;

The paper shall contain abstract, introduction, materials and methodology, results and discussion, conclusions, acknowledgement, and references.

Citation and referencing style should follow FAO style.

Examples are provided in FAOSTYLE: English guide.

The paper must be written according to the FAOSTYLE: English guide.

Please note:

Original graphics/images should be submitted also as separate files with the following specifications: 300 dpi for standard size 10X6 cm in CMUK colour mode, stored as TIFF (uncompressed JPEG or GIF), and are to include caption information/credits.

Charts/Figures are also to be submitted with the following specifications in separate files (as well as the original source (preferably Excel, Illustrator EPS/Al):

  • Graphics should be exported or saved as EPS files;
  • All fonts must be embedded in the file
  • Each file must be saved to 100 percent with the size of the correct layout;
  • Tabulations must not be used within the table frame

Conditions of Submission and License Agreement 

Authors must confirm availability of reproducible materials for non-commercial purpose, ethical approval for any human or animal experimentation, and the originality of their submission. Authors also must confirm that the manuscript is original, has not been previously published or is not currently under consideration by another journal.

Key meeting dates

25 November 2023

Launching of the call for abstracts

10 January 2024

Deadline for submission of abstracts

10 February 2024

Announcement of selected abstracts

31 March 2024

Deadline for submission of final abstract

01 August 2024

Deadline for submission of full paper

November 2024

Meeting date to be confirmed