Topic outline

This course presents the set of methods available for assessing losses in the fish value chain. It provides practical guidance and assistance for conducting fish loss assessment, including both qualitative and quantitative methods, and explains when they can be used and how to use them to collect reliable data, be it for planning an intervention to reduce losses in a particular area, or at country level.


This e-learning course is intended for programme officers and technical specialists, as well as extension agents, who are concerned with loss and waste prevention and reduction. The course also targets academicians and researchers who want to learn more about the topic, in order to design research as well as teach practical courses focused on food loss and waste in fish value chains.

  • Describing the purpose of loss assessment, as well as the potential FLW hotspots that would be the target of intervention.
  • Planning and preparing for the implementation of qualitative and quantitative loss assessment.
  • Recognizing the key steps and structure of the Exploratory Loss Assessment Method (EFLAM), Load Tracking (LT) and Questionnaire Loss Assessment Method (QLAM), and how data on FLW can be used.
  • Identifying through the Gender-Responsive Fish Loss Assessment Method (GRFLAM) the gender-based constraints that can contribute to FLW, and the types of intervention to be applied.

The course consists of 3 lessons, ranging from approximately 35 to 65 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - Fish loss assessment planning
  • Lesson 2 - Exploratory and Gender-Responsive Fish Loss Assessment Methods
  • Lesson 3 - Load Tracking and Questionnaire Loss Assessment Method

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