Development Aid Programmes

Every year, one or more employees from Matís travel across continents to participate in developmental aid programs. In the last few years, Matís has helped local communities in Uganda, Vietnam, Kenya, Tanzania and in other countries through funds such as The Nordic Development Fund and The Icelandic International Development Agency.

This role is of great value to Matís as it is our belief that our skills and knowledge can be of great use and huge importance to societies and communities trying to make advancements in food processing, food utilization, food safety and food security.

Here are a few of the developmental aid programs Matís has participated in. Some have been carried out under the leadership of Matís.

Consultation and courses in Africa

Consultation and courses in foreign countries are among the projects that have been steadily growing at Matis. In the year 2011 a  two-week course was held for the United Nations University Fisheries Training Program in Iceland and the Icelandic International Development Agency where fish inspectors were instructed in quality issues regarding the treatment of fish and fish products including food safety, legal and regulatory matters, fish processing methods, packaging and sampling. The course was organized and prepared in cooperation with local partners in order to secure the sustainability of the course.

Matís gave a similar course in Kenya 2008 and it is now incorporated in the curriculum at one of the country's universities.

Advice regarding fishing and processing in Tanzania

In autumn 2011 Matís signed a contract with the Tanzanian government regarding a project at Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. The project was funded by a loan from the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) located in Helsinki. The project was tendered to Nordic companies of which Matís proved most capable.

Lake Tanganyika is among the largest freshwater lakes in the world, approximately nineteen thousand square kilometres in size. It is also the second deepest freshwater lake in the world, with fifteen hundred metres at its deepest. Four countries border the lake: Tanzania, Congo, Burundi and Zambia.

Tanzanians fish in Lake Tanganyika, but both fishing and processing are done with primitive methods. Matís' task was, among other things, to assist with the development of methods that would improve the quality of the fish and increase its value.