Women play major roles in post-harvest activities while youths contribute significantly to fishing activities. Appropriate policy is needed to empower women in fisheries and aquaculture activities and also promote their inclusion in decision-making processes. The Fish Gov project would strengthen the role of women in fisheries management through capacity development and empowerment. There are existing women organizations dedicated to improving the welfare of women in fisheries development (e.g. EAIFFPA, RAFEP, etc.). These organizations will be supported for enhanced roles in aquaculture, fish marketing and trade, and for effective participation in fisheries management and decision-making processes. Their role in awareness campaigns for HIV/AIDs in fishing communities would be enhanced.
The youth are crucial, particularly in small-scale fisheries, aquaculture and industrial fishing operations. Their effective functions should be enhanced by youth empowerment programmes, access to facilities and resources, training programmes and by playing bigger roles in decision-making processes. These vulnerable groups would benefit immensely from the project outcomes and impacts. The capacity of the youth in supplementary activities like boat-building and marine engineering would be strengthened. Alternative livelihood strategies such as crop and animal husbandry would be facilitated.
The project will contribute immensely to addressing the dietary protein and micro-nutrients (nutrition) requirements of the citizens of the continent, especially the rural and riparian communities. The intervention would result in increased fish supplies and affordability.
Climate change and environmental sustainability
In view of the rising threat of climate changes to fishing communities and their livelihoods, strategies will be developed to minimize climate change effects and promote effective responses and adaptation mechanisms. The issues of combating unsustainable environmental challenges e.g. pollution, habitat degradation, rapid fish stock collapses, etc. will be addressed in project implementation.
Good governance and human rights
The support to institutional change will be based on the good governance principles of participation, inclusion, transparency and accountability, and will inspire the development of the policies and strategies envisaged. This approach should have an important leverage effect on promoting and expanding good governance to other sectors.