Small-scale fisheries in the context of traditional post-harvest practice and the quest for food and nutritional security in Nigeria

  • Shehu Latunji Akintola, Kafayat Adetoun Fakoya
  • Agriculture & Food Security, April 2017, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1186/s40066-017-0110-z

Small-scale fisheries traditional processing methods and food security in Nigeria

What is it about?

Small-scale fisheries though neglected when considering food and nutritional security in the country play very crucial and important role. We examined the status of traditional methods of fish preservation and offered many useful recommendations such as adopting the use of modern and locally available technologies in fish preservation.

Why is it important?

Our findings emphasised the high impact of the small-scale fisheries contribution in the total fisheries production in Nigeria. We proposed the adoption and promotion of locally available modern technology of fish processing as a means of modernising and deal with increasing issue of health and safety concern of the traditionally preserved fish products.


Dr Shehu Latunji Akintola
Lagos State University

We are of the strong opinion that this paper brings to a whole lot of stakeholders in fisheries the importance and roles the small-scale fishers play in the preservation of the fish and by extension guaranteeing food and nutritional security. It also addressed the policymakers as to what need be done to transform the sector so as to allay the fears of fish consumers about the safety of traditionally preserved fish products.

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