Short Course

Fish smoking and drying on Lake Tanganyika


24.08.2015 - 29.08.2015


Tanzania (view on map)


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A 5-day course targeted to processors, BMU leaders and fisheries officers on quality management in fish handling and processing sector. This was conducted in collaboration with Matis - Food Research and Innovation Institute and Tanzanian Fisheries Research Institute (TFRI)


This course was offered August 24-29, 2015 at the Tanzanian Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI) in Kigoma, Tanzania. The course was developed and delivered as part of a Nordic Climate Facility project awarded to Matis. This project aims to reduce greenhouse gases and deforestation related to food processing in sub-Saharan Africa. Through this project, Matis designed a drying and smoking kiln for fish that drastically reduces the amount of firewood used in the smoking process. The UNU-FTP is a partner in the project, covering the cost of one fellowship for the six month training in Iceland, and for two short courses to be offered in Tanzania. This is the first of those courses.

The six-day course was divided into two parts with distinct target groups. There were fisheries officers who took part all six days. In addition to the fisheries officers, participants the first three days were end users including processors and Beach Management Unit (BMU) leaders.  The second part of the course targeted the fisheries officers, TAFIRI staff, and teachers from the VETA vocational school, responsible for constructing the kilns.



Sigurjon Arason

Lecturer, Supervisor
Matís - Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D

Margeir Gissurarson

Supervisor, Lecturer
Quality Management of Fish Handling and Processing
Matís - Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D