Hannah Antwi, Ghana (co-winner 2017 Peter Howgate Award)

Hannah Antwi
Hannh Antwi discusses fish smoking at the Africa Workshop of WSC 2017
comes from Elmina, a coastal fishing community in the Central Region of Ghana. She is a Fishery Extension Agent with the Central and Western Fishmongers Improvement Association (CEWEFIA), a registered Ghanaian NGO that empowers rural and coastal fishmongers and processors to improve their socio-economic status and ensure the well-being of their children. CEWEFIA is committed to ensuring fish quality and processing among fishmongers and processors.Hannah, who studied at Takoradi Polytechnic, works closely with Ghana’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) and donors to promote improved fuel-efficient fish smoking technologies and train small scale fish processors in improved quality, fish handling and processing practices in order to add value to fishery products, address health and economic concerns of the traditional method of processing fish, and enhance the quality of smoked fish for both local and international markets. In the last three years, she has trained 450 persons from small scale enterprises, mostly run by women, in how to maintain the quality of their products, and in hygienic fish handling practices. 

Since winning the award and attending the WSC in Iceland, Hannah has managed to secure a place  on the UN University Fisheries Training Programme, operated by MATIS, Iceland. She hopes to continue her studies and enrol for MSc study in Iceland.  

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