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Table 2 Intervention areas in traditional fish processing and national development

From: Small-scale fisheries in the context of traditional post-harvest practice and the quest for food and nutritional security in Nigeria

Activities Basic determinant Underlying determinant Immediate determinant
Issues to address Rustic technology and safety
Per capital fish consumption
Utilization Hidden hunger (micronutrient deficiency)
Focus Inculcate tastes for fish/seafood especially processed forms Improving on the chain management of traditionally processed fish to enhance household access
Increasing household income
Increasing micronutrient intake by promotion of traditionally processed seafood and artisanal fisheries
Interventions Modernization, adoption, and promotion of traditional fish processing technology by government agencies, viz. Federal Department of Fisheries, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Federal Department of Forestry, Ministry of Science of Tech
Mass communication: National Committee on Food and Nutrition, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Academic and Research Institution
Engaging traditional fish processor towards adoption more efficient and effective technology
Granting repayable credit facilities guaranteed by the processors’ cooperative and thrift societies for purpose of securing modern and improved local facilities
Improving the quantity of smoked and sun-dried fish sourced from the cultured sources (marine and inland water)
Utilizing smoked and sun-dried fish as complementary food to improve nutritional status of children
Encouraging consumption of smoked and sun-dried prawns, shrimps especially by children and women at household levels
Improving diet of children to providing fish as a school lunch
Expected effects Decrease in fish loss
Increased production by fish processors
Safer and increased consumption of sun-dried and smoked fish products Reduction in incidence of hidden hunger
Indicators Better regulated traditional fish processing sector Increased prosperous individuals More virile and healthier citizens
Reduced cases on nutrition related diseases such as obesity