Food Loss and Waste in Fish Value Chains
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  • Supportive Policy Environment
  • Application of Appropriate Technology
  • Skills and Knowledge
  • Services and Infrastructure
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Social and Gender Equity
  • Markets

Supportive Policy Environment for Artisanal Fish Product Storage

Policy should aim to create an environment which enables the uptake of appropriate technology, good practice, and improved access to infrastructure, services, and markets which minimize food loss and waste (FLW) in artisanal fish product storage. Examples include encouraging the development of purpose built fish storage facilities in processing areas and markets, which cater to the gendered needs of users. Also, the investment in upgrading the skills and knowledge of processors and traders in good storage practice, and facilitating access to affordable credit for investment in improved facilities, technology and equipment.  

Many processors and traders involved in artisanal fish product storage operate as small/medium scale enterprises (SME). Policy that supports the sustainable growth of such businesses is likely to encourage the use of improved practices which contribute to a reduction in FLW. 

Key Publications

FAO Food Loss Reduction Strategy

FAO’s strategy for promoting action on food losses reduction, including an example for general food storage policy guidance or relevance to artisanal fish product storage.


Value-addition and SME's: Raison D'Etre and Lessons Learnt

This document describes work undertaken in Africa to support small and medium-sized enterprises, and to reduce food waste losses, in regards to fish product.

Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) represent the first ever international instrument dedicated to small-scale fisheries.

More Resources

More Resources

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