Production and Marketing of Value-added fishery products in Eastern and Southern Africa

Aim of the project

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) is implementing the first phase of a project on the Production and Marketing of Value-Added Fishery Products in Eastern and Southern Africa (2002-2007).The Project, funded by the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), is executed by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and supervised by the FAO Intergovernmental Sub-Committee on Fish Trade.  The aims of the project are to:

    Establish the parameters for maximising economic benefits and financial returns on processed Nile perch through the development of sophisticated value-added products;
    Improve quality assurance mechanisms, the processing environment and processing staff awareness commensurate with the new range of value-added processed products;
    Establish mechanisms for the provision of micro-finance to facilitate the preparation and marketing of improved artisanally processed dagaa products, for local and regional trade, to contribute to improved food security and availability of animal protein to local populations

Key achievements

    Studies on the current state of the Nile perch industry for guidance in market research and products identification and development.
    Market analysis, identification of value-added products (VAP) and potential demand in international markets, including the technical and economic feasibility of production.
    Documentation of technical specifications, analysis of technical feasibility of production VAP in participating countries and assessment of equipment needs and plant upgrading.
    Preparation of samples at participating processing plants premises to produce samples for shipment to potential customers or for trade fair exhibitions.
    Documentation of new product flow and processing stages for value added products for inclusion in a technical processing and quality assurance manual for each adopted VAP. This is still in progress.
    Studies on the status of the dagaa fishery focusing on regional data collection and statistics on dagaa products and their destinations, with particular emphasis on the relationship between human consumption and animal feed, cross border informal trade, and current efforts to develop new/improved products.
    Documented socio-economic investigations of individuals/groups involved in the dagaa trade, with particular emphasis on the participation of women, level of organization, marketing channels, products processed and profitability, including identifying how to improve processing and distribution for human consumption.

The remaining activities expected to be accomplished by the end of the project include:

    Provision of technical assistance to dagaa processors and traders to produce better quality dagaa products and build capacities for small-scale fisheries.
    Establishment of a micro-credit scheme for the small-scale dagaa processors and traders to improve processing methods and increase the amount of dagaa for human consumption.
    Identification of potential financing institutions for VAP for the industrial fish processors.
    Production of Technical Manuals for each of the VAP.
    Holding of technical consultations and industry briefings to discuss and disseminate project results in COMESA countries.