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Issue No:83
  • :0976 1121
  • :September
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.83, September 2020

 

Ghana / NUTRITION

Small Fish, Big Solution

Access to affordable small fish is key to achieving zero hunger and improved nutrition in Ghana’s poor urban households, a new study shows


This article is by Peter Linford Adjei (pieroquz@gmail.com), Technical Services for Community Development (TESCOD), Accra, Ghana and Member, ICSF


Small fish are indeed the backbone of Ghana’s animal protein supply in the poor urban neighbourhoods of Accra (such as Nima, Chorkor, Ga Mashie and James Town) and Tamale (such as Sagnarigu, Kukoo, Sakasaka and Salamba). This is the conclusion of a recent research project called Fish4Food. The academic team behind the project drew from the University of Amsterdam (UoA), the University of Ghana (UoG) and the Kwame Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Until recently, this critical aspect was largely overlooked. The research findings demonstrate that despite the high appeal of large-sized fish–not to mention the increasingly popular farmed fish like tilapia and catfish–the urban poor prefer smaller pelagics like anchovies, herrings and mackerels.

Fish size and nutritional value aside, fish is inseparable from Ghanaian cuisine. Nearly a third of the average urban household income spent on food goes into fish. With...

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