The women who smoke fish in Katanga now have a modern processing device that allows them to cure the fish without damaging their health

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    In Togo, 80 percent of the fish that is eaten is smoked over charcoal, a procedure extremely harmful to health. Thanks to support from the World Bank, the women who smoke fish in Katanga, a fishing village near the port of Lomé, Togo’s capital, now have a modern processing device that allows them to cure the fish without damaging their health. The new method filters out the smoke and produces better-quality fish. Traditional curing generated large amounts of smoke and led to eye and lung diseases in many of the processors (largely women). The traditional smoking technique also posed a danger to the consumer from the harmful particles deposited on the fish. It remains to be seen whether the Togolese, who love smoked fish but are used to the dark color imbued by the customary smoking method, will go for the healthier option. The processing rig, financed under the auspices of the Agriculture Sector Support Project (PASA, by its French initials), represents an investment of CFAF 9.5 million. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

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