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Monday, December 16, 2013 

EU pays for fish campaign in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda---The ‘Clean Fish, Better Life’ campaign, a multimedia awareness drive is being launched today in Kampala with partial funding from the European Union.

This is part of the EU’s  SmartFish project, co-implemented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 

It will be disseminated at 12 major landing sites around Lake Victoria.

The main feature of the launch will be a video highlighting the direct involvement of beneficiaries on the importance of hygiene and quality in small scale fisheries. 

In addition, the campaign will include cooking demonstrations from a fish recipe book produced by the project.

According to research by Post-Harvest Losses (PHL) the fisheries sector loses are major threat to food security in Africa.

Statistical data shows that post-harvest losses in artisanal fisheries in Africa are estimated to range from 30% to 40% and sometimes even higher.

‘Economic losses occur when spoilage of fish results in a decrease in value. Inadequate handling and processing methods can lead to nutritional loss. Such losses are unacceptable in a continent where food insecurity and poverty affects millions,’ according to a FAO statement.

‘It is therefore imperative to undertake actions to reduce these losses. This will only be possible if fisher-folk, fish processors, traders, and consumers of fish products value the importance of hygiene and quality in the handling of fish,’ it reads.

By Paul Tentena, Monday, December 16th, 2013