Innovations and Markets for Lake Victoria Fisheries

Partner Institution(s): 
Technical University of Denmark, Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Veterinary Disease Biology, Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Food Safety and Zoonoses, Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, Denmark
Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Business Administration, Tanzania
National Fish Quality Control Laboratory, Tanzania
Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, Tanzania
Start Date: 
January 1, 2015
End Date: 
December 31, 2019
Project Type: 
South driven projects
Project Code: 
Total grant: 
DKK 9,829,998
Contact : 
Robinson Hammerthon Mdegela

The proposed project titled “Innovations and Markets for Lake Victoria Fisheries” (IMLAF) will be carried out in the Lake Victoria basin of Tanzania. Its main objective is to catalyze socio-economic growth through expansion of markets for Nile perch and sardine quality products and employment opportunities. This will involve application of innovative methods of production of safe and high quality Nile perch and sardine fish products and byproducts products for the local, regional and international markets. Post-harvest losses and presence of biological, physical and chemical hazards that reduce the quality, safety and marketability of fish and fish products will be addressed. Value addition and development of new processed products and byproducts from the Nile perch and sardines as well as new business models will be investigated and provided to end-users. IMLAG will disseminate results to fishermen, processors, policy makers and other end-users. Two postdocs, 4 PhD and a number of MSc students will be trained and institutional research capacity build at the Tanzanian institutions


First-year report 2015:
Objective: Increased contribution of fishery sector to Poverty Reduction and Improved Social well-being through promotion of innovations and expanding market opportunities of fish products and by-products.

Outputs: i. Established factors contributing to sub-optimal performance of the fishery sector. ii. Identified hazards contributing to low quality, safety and value of fish and sardine products and by-products. iii. Trained 2 post doctoral, 4 PhD and 2 MSc. iv. Established business model for profitable investments and enterprises in the fisheries sector. v. At least 18 publications and bi-annual newsletters produced. vi. Over 1000 fisher folks trained on improved technologies for fishing, processing, handling and storage
Outcomes : i. Improved quality of fish and fish products. ii. Improved economic growth of value chain actors in fisheries sector. iii. Health of consumers safeguarded through consumption of high quality and safe fish products. iv Increased trained manpower working in the fisheries sector.

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