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Cameroon’s Internally Displaced Learn Sustainable Fish Smoking Methods

Supporting the reintegration and economic recovery of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provided 18 Chorkor fish smoking ovens and capacity training in sustainable fish smoking methods to fishers in several villages of Logone-Birni. With FAO’s support, 60 women and 26 men were trained in the construction and operation of the Chorkor ovens and acquired improved smoking techniques. These trained women and men then organized sessions in their villages to share the best practices they had learned. In this region, like many others in Africa, hot smoking has been the traditional method of processing fresh fish for sale. The introduction of ovens, such as the Chorkor, enhances the quality of finished products. With up to 24 drying racks, these ovens also have the capacity to boost production of smoked fish and reduce food losses, which ultimately means greater incomes for fishers like Fadmee.