The initiative has helped to ban suppliers of unwholesome fish

June 21, 2017

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The initiative has helped to ban suppliers of unwholesome fish

About the Implementing organization

Name: CEWEFIA MOREE FISH PROCESSORS GROUP

Country: Ghana

Year of establishment: 1994

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Women’s association or organization / Indigenous group or organization

Description

Mansa (a fish processor in Moree) said ''I have been smoking fish for over 20 years and never saw any significant improvement. I have been trained; now I will not sell fish to consumers that I cannot eat”. As quoted, this initiative has contributed to hygienic fish handling and processing improvement. it has increased the economic returns of fish processors. Recently, Moree community has been awarded the most exemplary hygienic fish processing group under the USAID-funded Sustainable Fisheries Management Project in Ghana.

Nature Element

Coasts

Type of Action

Protection / Sustainable use / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Health

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

      

Environmental Impacts

Their initiative is categorially exclusive. However, the Association is promoting the adoption of improved fish smoking technology which is environmentally conservative as less fuelwood is used for fish smoking in order to conserve the forest. Also, less smoke is emitted into the environment hence reduction of air pollution. Lastly, the smoking technology has low Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons which reduces the smoke level in fish.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The initiative sustains livelihood and generates higher income for fish processors.
The increased in the income level of fish processors has also increased the enrollment of children in schools hence reduction of child labor and trafficking.
This initiative has build resilience to ensure voluntary compliance with hygienic fish handling standards.

Scalability

Food poison is an issue of concern in Ghana and has generated a national discussion on the need for consumer right protection.Seeing the benefits from this initiative in Moree, CEWEFIA is working closely with Ghana's Ministry of Aquaculture Development and Fisheries Commission to expand this initiative to other coastal communities to ensure food security and sustainable fishing.

Replicability

CEWEFIA is made up of different community groups along the coast who perform similar post-harvest fisheries activities, so an exchange visit and experience sharing among the members is helping to replicate the initiative in other communities. Fish processors are embarking on a voluntary radio program which is gradually helping to replicate the initiative in other communities.

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