Global, Livestock Systems

Harnessing dietary nutrients of underutilised fish and fish-based products in Uganda

Harnessing dietary nutrients of underutilized fish-based products
Project code
AUD 2,389,175
Research program manager
Dr Anna Okello
Project leader
Jackson Efitre
Commissioned organisation
Makerere University Uganda
APR 2019
SEP 2022
Project status
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This project aimed to increase availability, access and consumption of fish through increased public-private partnerships to ensure food and nutritional security and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable groups in Uganda.

Nutritional deficiencies are widespread in rural and poor urban communities in Uganda, particularly among women of childbearing age and children of less than 5 years. These groups are particularly affected due to limited access to animal proteins and foods rich in micronutrients, especially fish.

Thanks to the improvement of post-harvest techniques and transformation technologies, the project is able to focus on reducing losses, increasing the quality and acceptability of products, and improving the distribution of fish and fish products among populations living far from marine environments.

Project outcomes

  • Reducing the incidence of micronutrient deficiencies, especially in women of childbearing age and in children under five years
  • Creating diverse income opportunities for around 200 people (including 50% women) thanks to development of fishing and processing businesses fish and marketing
  • Communicating project results and outputs with local and national policy makers to facilitate scaling of results.
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Key partners
Cultivate Africa Future Fund
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Makerere University Uganda
McGill University, Canada
National Agricultural Research Organization, Uganda
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