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

Services & Infrastructure for Artisanal Fish Smoking

In order to maximize the benefits of appropriate technology, smoked fish processors require access to good services and infrastructure, such as a potable water supply and facilities that allow Good Hygienic Practices (GHP). The control of post processing loss and waste will be aided by access to properly designed and managed storage and market facilities.  

Services and infrastructure which facilitate good handling and quality maintenance of fresh fish before processing, such as good landing and port facilities, will help fishers provide quality fresh fish. This in turn can lead to the production of good quality smoked fish that are less prone to breakage.  

Improved technology, such as FTT Thiaroye kilns, may be beyond the investment capabilities of some potential end-users. Improved smoking kilns provide better process control reducing the food loss and waste (FLW) caused by burning. Government and other service providers, such as donors and NGOs, should consider investment in technology and facilities with a view to these being hired out to processors.   

Investment in improved technologies will also be facilitated by good access for processors to affordable credit and savings schemes such as revolving loans.  

Key Publications

A Village Fish Plant: Yes or No? Planning Handbook

This manual gives advice about planning a fish processing plant and discusses topics and questions to consider. It focuses particularly on Alaska, USA, but is relevant to any fish processing operation.

Fisheries Credit Programmes and Revolving Loan Funds: Case Studies

A series of case studies on successful fisheries credit programmes and revolving loan funds are reviewed. 

Small-Scale Fish Landing and Marketing Facilities

This publication aims to aid small-scale fisheries development, specifically addressing the identification, planning and basic designs needed for fish collection, handling, and marketing infrastructure, with focus on reduction of post-harvest losses and marketing costs.

More Resources

More Resources

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