Development and Validation of Nutrition and Food Safety Educational Material for Fish Processors in Nigeria

Three women read over training materials
Women fish processors from Delta State, Nigeria participate in a training organized by the Nourishing Nations activity. Photo by Tayo Adeleke, Praise Pictures

Authors: Grace Adeola Adegoye, Terezie Tolar-Peterson, Henrietta Nkechi Ene-Obong, Joseph Nkem Nuntah, Monica M. Pasqualino, Rahel Mathews, Juan L. Silva, Wen-Hsing Cheng, Marion Willard Evans, Jr., and Lauren Pincus


Introduction: fish can be an affordable and accessible animal-source food in many Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC). Background: Traditional fish processing methods pose a risk of exposing fish to various contaminants that may reduce their nutritional benefit. In addition, a lack of literacy may increase women fish processors’ vulnerability to malnutrition and foodborne diseases. Objective: The overall aim of the project was to educate women and youth fish processors in Delta State, Nigeria about the benefit of fish in the human diet and to develop low literacy tools to help them better market their products. The objective of this study was to describe the development and validation of a low-literacy flipbook designed to teach women fish processors about nutrition and food safety. Method: developing and validating instructional material requires understanding the population, high-quality and relevant graphics, and the involvement of relevant experts to conduct the content validation using the Content Validity Index (CVI) and the index value translated with the Modified Kappa Index (k). Result: The Item-level Content Validity Index (I-CVI) value of all domains evaluated at the initial stage was 0.83 and the Scale-level Content Validity Index (S-CVI) was 0.90. At the final stage, the material was validated with CVI 0.983 by four experts and satisfied the expected minimum CVI value for this study (CVI ≥ 0.83, p-value = 0.05). The overall evaluation of the newly developed and validated flipbook was “excellent”. Conclusions: the developed material was found to be appropriate for training fish processors in Nigeria in nutrition and food safety and could be modified for a population of fish processors in other LMICs.

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Published March 13, 2023