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CLARIAS: Canning A Solution

ibadan, NigeriaIbadan, Nigeria
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

CLARIAS is an innovative canning project. Its aim is to provide firstly affordable protein for all and also solution to problems faced by the rising indigenous fish industry in Western Africa, from Nigeria. Creation of new market for sale of local catfish and eliminating wastage from fish spoilage.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if CLARIAS can serve as a source of protein for the impoverished West African child and provide a perfect solution to solving both problems affecting catfish farmers and eliminate environmental hazards all at the same time?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

CLARIAS tackles problems of rigid requirements of fish weight and narrow market due to presence of foreign fish importation from Northern Africa competing with the indigenous fish industry, high cost of animal source of protein, nutritional deficiency due to protein and essential fats. It solves problems of environmental pollution from wastage due to bad processing, packaging and preservation. Finally it tackles poverty through job creation.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Having faced these problems and more for many years, CLARIAS provides an unprecedented initiative of bringing forth the idea of canning our indigenous catfish...A farmer needs not bother to attain the 1000g weight before he can make profits since he or he isn't required to meet such target weight before fishes can be sold for canning. Environmental degradation caused by smoking of fish would also be reduced drastically through the fish canning Inititiative and last but not the least, problems associated with wastage of fish, preservation and nutritional deficiencies can be adequately solved via the fish canning initiative from CLARIAS, through provision of affordable fish for the poor with high product standards.


Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Canning adds value to the catfish produced by West African farmers by increasing palatability to consumers, prolonging shelf life & stabilizes farmer’s profit margin. "FARMER A" no more needs to be at the mercy of retailers to hastily sell all of his harvested stock at ridiculous prices from spoilage, "farmer A" now has a large market to sell all of his catfish at any weight. "CHILD B" living in a West African village, now has a ready, cheap & healthy food. "MR C" now has a job in the canning industry. Indigenous fish wastage in the environs of "West African city D" is eradicated. Catfish that weigh 100g & above will be bought from local farmers, the fish is placed in sterilized cans and heated to 240F to destroy microbes that spoils food

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Although CLARIAS is an initiative at the innovative phase, albeit sampling of opinions from various catfish farmers, experts in the field and result from market feasibility studies conducted in Nigeria, have corroborated the fact that it is a necessary & desired initiative which is workable and is capable of improving the nutritional, economic and environmental situations in Nigeria & western Africa at large. The desired goals are eventual eradication of marginalization of catfish farmers by not being able to control the price for which they sell their own products; Making the farmers climate-smart by evading the long term effect that climate change may have on their fish while raising them from juvenile to grow-out. The fishes do not need to get to a weight of 1000g anymore (as this takes a long time, averagely 160 days or more). This reduces the input cost & increases farmers output.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Once the innovation is set on motion, tertiary institutions especially those with fisheries as a department will be focused on, cashing in on their various research information and facilities in boosting longterm sustainability. Products would be marketed to communities in various states, and local governments. Fish farms in every state would be targeted as a supply source of the major raw materials needed for production (post juveniles). Networking will also be a useful tool in setting long term goals and achievements eventually attaining its competitive exporting potential with top brands.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

After start up, CLARIAS which is a business and change oriented initiative would have cost benefit investment returns obtained from the sales, marketing and distribution of CLARIAS product in Nigeria and west Africa at large. This would be used to sustain the project financially and continuously. However it would be ensured that the standard of the product is not compromised and consumers affordability is primarily taken into consideration.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

None at the moment ..although some local sellers acquire few juveniles and post juveniles in small scale from cat fish farmers and process via frying and smoking to sell directly to consumers. This constitute a public health hazards due to the poly aromatic hydrocarbons( example benzo-a- pyrene which is carcinogenic) ingested with the fishes by consumers..our proposed project differs from this by the canning initiative.

Founding Story

We observed that the imported canned fish products that have dominated the market for many years did not provide a standing solution in supplying the needed protein in Nigeria because of its lack of affordability but act as a a competition for the growing indigenous fish production and marketing which has more preference by consumers but plagued by problems of unhealthy processing ,packaging, wastage and losses incurred from meeting up with rigid market standards..this necessitated an Initiative providing an unprecedented solution encompassing this problems.. That initiative is here ..what is here? CLARIAS


CLARIAS is an Initiative co-founded by three adventurous and vision oriented undergraduates of university of Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria.. Abdusallam taofeek(Co-founder). A 5th year student of department of aquaculture and fisheries management, university of ibadan..a certified member of fishery society of Nigeria..(FISON), a trained aquaculture expert by the Nigerian institute of oceanography and marine research through the practical year training program. Adefemi oluwasegun(Co-founder)...A 6th year student of the faculty veterinary medicine, university of ibadan..Team member who won $1300 grant,from the Centre for entrepreneurship and innovation (university of Ibadan , 2012). He possesses good marketing qualities with great speaking and persuasive skills, having worked for the multinational telecommunications company MTN, as a part time project marketer of there various products. Adisa adedapo( Founder) ...a 6th year student of faculty of veterinary medicine university of Ibadan...a passionate social entrepreneur with good public relation who is passionate about interacting with sound minds to Improve the society..Who has intensively studied the effect of glyphosate herbicide on the hematological and organ pathology of the African catfish. He has worked as the health and awareness committe coordinator of the Nnamdi azikiwe Hall,university of ibadan. Taking issues of public health significance with but most seriousness.
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