College of Fisheries project team develops solar-biomass hybrid dryer

Solar-biomass hybrid dryer which can dry fish in 20hrs.

This is part of a research project, 'Securefish', which aims at improving food security by reducing post harvest losses in the fisheries sector.

The European Union-funded project got under way in May last year.

The €39,65,592 euro project involves 13 institutions including four small and medium entrepreneurs. There are four partners each from Europe (the Netherlands, Portugal), Asia (India, Malaysia), Africa (Kenya, Namibia and Ghana) and one from South America (Argentina).

Prof Nazlin Howell, University of Surrey, UK is coordinating the project. BA Shamasundar, Professor and Head of the Department of fish processing technology and Prof KM Shankar, Dean of College of Fisheries are investigators from India.

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Kenyans urged to reduce post-harvest fisheries losses to improve food security

Mombasa, Kenya, September 26, 2012

Kenyan fishermen/women, fish dealers and processors have been advised to reduce post-harvest losses in the fisheries sector so as to improve food security in the country.

The call was made by Kenyan-born UK Professor Nazlin Howell when she visited (KMFRI) to check on the progress of the Securefish project.

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The University is sad to confirm the death of Dr Abraham Iyambo. Abraham was a former undergraduate and PhD student, who passed away suddenly and tragically on 2 February 2013 whilst on an official visit to London as Minister of Education for Namibia.

Abraham, who was born in Namibia on 2nd February 1961, had a remarkable life. He ran away at the age of twelve from his home in Namibia, then under apartheid South African rule, so that he could get a decent education.

After several years in refugee camps including in Angola and studies in Cuba and Germany where he learnt Portuguese, Spanish and German, Abraham completed an Access course in Science at South London College.

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Mr. Peter Odote, Prof. Nazlin Howell and members of the Kipini Women group.

The Kipini Women Group in Tana River County is set to reap enormous benefits from improved fish drying technology provided by Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), funded by the European Union (EU) through SECUREFISH project.

This was disclosed by the project coordinator, Professor Nazlin Howell at the start of four days training for the members of the women group at the Kipini Fisheries Department offices.

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SECUREFISH Presentation at 2013 Work Programmes of the 7th Research Framework Programme

The Representation of the European Commission in Portugal, in collaboration with the Foundation for Science and Technology, organized a presentation about FP7 on 9 July, directed to the press and interested parties.

80 participants were welcomed by the acting Head of the Representation, Luiz Sá Pessoa and the President of the Foundation for Science and Technology, Miguel Seabra. Then Professor Eduardo Maldonado, Coordinator of the National Contact Point for FP7, discussed the national dimension. After the coffee break, two success stories were discussed.

Professor Nazlin Howell of the University of Surrey and Maria Leonor Nunes from IPIMAR talked about their SECUREFISH project and Jocelyne Demengeot from the Gulbenkian Science Institute talked about the NAIMIT project.

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