Women play major roles in post-harvest activities while youths contribute significantly to fishing activities. Appropriate policies are needed to empower women fish processors and traders and also promote their inclusion in decision-making processes. The Fish Trade project would strengthen the role of women fish processor and traders through capacity development and empowerment. Existing women organizations dedicated to improving the welfare of women in fisheries and fish trade development (e.g. EAIFFPA, RAFEP, etc.) 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 in fisheries value chain as fisher, farmers or fish processors and traders. Their effective functions should be enhanced by youth empowerment programs, access to facilities and resources, training programs and by promoting their effective participation 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 availability of fish supplies and affordability.
Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability
In view of the rising threat of climate change to communities depending on fish for their livelihoods, strategies will be developed to minimize climate change effects/impacts and promote effective responses and adaptation mechanisms. The project will promote the integration of sustainability in production as incentive for increased access to market.
Good Governance and Human Rights
The support for 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.