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Issue No.62
  • :0973-1156
  • :December
  • :2020

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 62, December 2020


Smoking fish efficiently

The ahotor oven represents an improvement on the widely used chorkor smoker, and is an energy- and time-efficient fish smoking technology

By Naana Nkansah Agyekum (, Media and Communications Officer, Oxfam, Ghana

My recent tours in some coastal communities in the Central, Western and Volta Regions of Ghana exposed me to a daily reality of fishmongers in the region. As part of a fisheries sustainable project being implemented by Oxfam and its partners, such visits to fishing communities are quite frequent.

During one such trip, interactions with some fishmongers resulted in my visiting a fish processing shed, and that was when I got a taste of the struggle that they have been going through all these years. Within the few minutes I spent there, my eyes reddened, and I found myself gasping for breath. I walked out feeling sorry for the women who are subjected to this torturous experience on a daily basis to ensure we get the smoked fish that we love so much.

But this daily hardship of the women could be lessened with the use of a new technology for