Smoking fish of much higher quality by consuming less wood

video showing women at the market smoking fish
Smoking fish with fewer wood. Credits: Papy Mulamba, UNDP DRC 2015

“With UNDP funding, we are popularizing improved furnaces that use less wood to smoke fish in Mbandaka and the surrounding area. These furnaces are used to get smoked fish of much higher quality in less time, because fish spoils quickly in our environment where there is no cold chain. Women are the main beneficiaries of our interventions,” explained Jean Pierre Ningisanga,Program Manager of the NGO Association for the Promotion of Vulnerable People (APPV). 

Kkey points

  • UNDP is present in the area as part of the GEF Small Grants Programme with the project against climate change by employing methods of smoking fish using less wood.
  • Project Cost: US$25,000
  • Beneficiaries: Over 20 women’s associations in Mbandaka and the surrounding area.
  • Donor: GEF Small Grants Programme
  • The purpose of this project is to carry out actions to preserve the environment. These include projects related to biodiversity and the fight against the effects of global warming, water pollution, and regression, degradation, and depletion of the ozone layer.


In Mbandaka, the capital of the Equateur province, with the support of UNDP through the GEF Small Grants Programme, APPV operates as part of its environmental program and project against climate change and the preservation of the environment through the dissemination of alternative methods of smoking fish using less wood.  These furnaces have significantly reduced smoking time and changed production to the extent that women are now working with fishermen who supply their fish. 


“We are putting in place structures to establish our association and we are collaborating with fishermen who supply our fish because they know that their fish products will not spoil  in the event of poor sales.  We produce up to 4 tons of smoked fish per month,” says Mawaka Manga, Secretary of the growing association. Their goal is to identify focal points in Kinasha to sell their fish at the country’s largest market. 


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