Weighing up costs and benefits in fish factories. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Associated with Projects R6959, R5027, R6817 and R7008. Simple software helps managers in fish factories in developing countries record and analyse data. Collecting data is the first step towards weighing up costs and benefits. Using ice, disinfecting machinery and constructing better containers all cost money. The software helps managers decide the most cost-effective ways to improve production. Tested in Uganda and Ghana, the software has helped cost the benefits of using ice, and provides information for a booklet on sanitation in factories and for designing fish containers and holds. A prototype hold improved returns by at least 15%. Use of the software is spreading to Pakistan and Morocco, and there is already interest in Namibia, Denmark and India.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (9 pp.) taken from the CD.


PHF13, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 140.

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