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


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

AFRICA/GHANA

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 (nagyekum@oxfam.org.uk), 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