SECUREFISH : Improving food security by reducing post harvest losses in the fisheries sector

Project identifier 7-SECUREFISH
Project Status finished
Start date 2012-01-01
End date 2014-12-31
Roadmap Theme
  • Expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade: Methodologies for food safety issues
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Keyword Post harvest losses; Nutrional quality; HACCP; Fish processing
    Location Kenya; Namibia; Ghana; Argentina; Malaysia; India
    Budget 3 965 592
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (FP7)
    Coordinator University of Surrey
  • Wageningen Research
  • Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-Ghana)
  • University of Namibia
  • Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University
  • Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
  • Instituto Nacional de TecnologĂ­a Industrial (INTI)
  • ebbens Engineering Ingenieursbureau bv
  • Millennium Exports
  • Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation
  • Project Web Site
  • SecureFish introduction
  • Final report summary
  • Description


    Food security is a major concern for all countries in the face of population increase and diminishing energy and water supplies. Over one billion people in low and middle income countries suffer from malnutrition. To meet the UN Millennium Development Goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, it is essential to reduce post harvest losses, including in the fisheries sector.


    There are six work packages (WP). WP1 will ensure the efficient management of the project. WP2 will develop low cost innovative processing tools based on traditional technology for preserving fish including a solar tunnel drier, a modified solar assisted extruder and fast freezing/ continuous atmosphere freeze-drier (CAFD). In WP3, underutilised bycatch and waste by-products of fish processing will be recovered and converted to high value products. WP4 will develop an effective total quality management tool (safety and risk assessment; HACCP quality cost and traceability, nutritional and eating quality and carbon footprint) of three fish product chains (solar dried, extruded and frozen/CAFD) which will be tailored to suit local needs. The technological advances (WP2) and quality management tool (WP4) will be evaluated in the three fish product chain case studies in Africa (Kenya, Namibia, Ghana), Asia (India and Malaysia) and Latin America (Argentina) to include different economic, cultural and social conditions. The case studies involve stakeholders including SMEs to ensure sustained implementation of project results. WP6 details a strategy for education, training and dissemination to widely promote the results and guidelines.


    The overall objectives of SECUREFISH are to

    1. strengthen capacity in low cost technology;
    2. improve the preservation of existing fish supplies;
    3. utilise waste and by-catch to produce value-added products;
    4. develop an integrated quality management tool;
    5. test the developed technology and quality management tools in different real third country conditions.