Income, livelihood and nutrition through a fishery-based economy (LOT2)
In mid-2016, FairFishing embarked on a program financed by the European Commission and the Economic Development Programme for Growth and Resilience. FairFishing is the coordinator for this program, and will together with local partners and contractors implement the program activities. The overall purpose for this roughly 2,5 year program is for FairFishing to contribute towards livelihoods, food security and improved nutrition for populations at the Horn of Africa through artisanal, small-scale fisheries production, processing and trade. In short, FairFishing calls the program “LOT2”, and it has three specific aims:
- to build increased human- and organisational capacity in the artisanal fishery and to create additional employment opportunities along the fishery value chain.
- to improve the technical and infrastructural capacity, efficiency and financial sustainability in the artisanal fishery value chain.
- to improve the access for the fishers to local and regional markets.
By the end of the program in 2018, it is expected that the efforts will have resulted in an increase in the number of active fishermen and workers earning an acceptable living from a fishery-based economy. Furthermore, that families in communities at the Horn of Africa have obtained food security and that the artisanal, small-scale fisheries production has increased.
Since FairFishing received the grant in mid 2016, we have assessed potential locations and current capacities for program implementation, in order to specify the activities in the program. To achieve the best possible impact of the program, we want to make sure that the program plan matches the real needs and premises of real life. By January 2017, we have a plan for the activities to come, and we will tell you more about it as the implementation of different sub-projects start.
Organisation and employment in two local offices
A bigger program requires more resources and competences. Due to the EU funding, FairFishing needs to expand the organisation. First, this meant a restructure of the “old” employees in Berbera (summer 2017), as well as employment of some new positions. In February 2018, we also opened a small office in Bosaso. Here we employed three new staff to manage the program implementation in Puntland locations.
First new fishery station opens in Saylac
FairFishing is proud to pronounce that the first new fishery station funded by the EU grant has opened in the coastal village Saylac. It officially opened on September 28th 2017, after an opening ceremony where the whole local fishery community, local authority and the Ministry of Fisheries participated. The station itself was undertaken by local contractors and is now managed by a local FairFishing management team that is in close cooperation with the colleagues in Berbera.
At the new station, three tons of ice can be produced every 24 hours, and up to 25 tons of fish can be stored cold with ice in the facilities. The new station staff is undergoing training in fish processing, hygiene, refrigeration and ice and cooling equipment maintenance with trainers from the Berbera Centre of Excellence.
Even if the physical infrastructure and equipment is in place, the challenge of building a sustainable management and self-sufficient business remains. FairFishing will support the staff and operations in Saylac until the end of the program period, in December 2018.
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