Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

Small fish, huge impact

Category Aquaculture

WorldFish under MYSAP programme promoted the production of dried powder made from small indigenous fish species and piloted portable fish driers, designed to reduce contamination risks. The drier keeps the fish covered while drying them, thereby reducing the contamination risk and the pilot test demonstrated improved safety. The dried small indigenous fish powder was promoted as a complementary food for infants of six months onwards to achieve better nutrition in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and Timor Leste. The approach requires minimal technical input and low investment costs, which offers the potential for upscaling and commercialization.