Covid-19 is a global menace. Limited movement is among the leading
measures to fight its spread. As a result, most elements of human daily
activities including food supply have been disrupted. To maintain food
supply, people are stocking food supplies. Focus is on food materials that
are less perishable with time such as beans, maize floor, rice, and noddles.
Perishable fresh foods such as meat and fish which are hard to maintain in
absence of refrigeration are avoided for convenient alternatives.
Around the African Great lakes, there are fish species which you can easily
make part of your daily diet during the Covid-19 lockdown to meet your
protein needs. Fish catches or biomass in lakes Victoria, Tanganyika,
Malawi, Kivu, and Albert are currently dominated (about 60-90%) by
small size fishes such as Rastrineobola argentea (dagaa), Engraulicypris
bredoi, E. sardella (Lake Malawi sardine), Limnothrissa miodon (Lake
Tanganyika sardine), and Stoplothrissa tanganicae (Lake Tanganyika sprat).
A considerable amount of catch for these species has been ending up in
animal feeds. Their use as human food is increasing with more knowledge
that such small fishes are nutritious enough and affordable to provide the
Some of the fishes for useful for supplying nourishment. The fishes are available in local markets around major African lakes in dry form (Images are from FishBase).
These fishes are the best to turn to in this period. Cheap and available in
most local markets in dry form (sun dried or fried), you can be able to buy
in bulky with no worries of refrigeration requirements. They can be
prepared alone or added to beans, ground nuts, bananas, Irish potatoes and
other foods depending on where you are. The fried form can also be an
excellent snack for breakfast. Fish is a source of high-value proteins (better
than that of terrestrial animals), essential amino acids, minerals, trace
elements and omega-3 fatty acids. At this moment, they are necessary than
ever before in your diet to avoid undernourishment and unhealthy eating
during the lockdown.