USAID/GHANA SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT PROJECT (SFMP)
IMPLEMENTING PARTNER - CEWEFIA
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed an approximately $24 million dollars to the SFMP to contribute to food security in Ghana. The Coastal Resources Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, USA (CRC), is the lead in this project lasting from October 2014 to October 2019.
The main purpose of the SFMP is to rebuild targeted fish stocks through adoption of sustainable practices and exploitation levels. The project is designed to improve fisheries management and strengthen governance to have positive impacts on fisheries resources and the people that depend on marine ecosystem goods and services.
Lead implementing partner CRC is working with a consortium of other international and local organizations namely Friends of the Nation, Hen Mpoano, the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), SSG Advisors, the Central & Western Fishmongers Improvement Association (CEWEFIA), Daasgift Quality Foundation (DQF), Development Action Association (DAA) and Spatial Solutions.
CEWEFIA will carry out an important role in the SFMP in several result areas of the project, lead in value chain improvements and supplemental livelihoods development at Elmina and Moree in the Central Region and Anlo in the Western Region and contributes to outreach strategies on child labour and trafficking issues in the Central Region. The activities are as follows;
Improve fish storage
Improve post harvest fish handling and fish processing.
Promote more fuel efficient and profitable fish smokers.
Assist in documenting instances of child labour and trafficking
Help alter family decision-making and provide support services to affected families with the aim to reducing child labour and trafficking in the fisheries sector in the Central Region.
The project aims at ending overfishing of some key marine fish stocks like herrings, sardinella and anchovies, which are crucial to local food security. To achieve these goals the SFMP will:
Strengthen enabling environment for marine resources governance
Increase the use of science and applied research policies to inform decision-making ,law enforcement.
Heighten public awareness of fisheries issues to build public and political support needed to rebuild fish stocks; and
Improve management of marine resources to conserve biodiversity and provide other benefits
The Sustainable Fisheries Management Project funded by United States for International Development (USAID) was locally launched on Wednesday 15th April 2015, at Shama in the Western Region of Ghana. SFMP is a Feed the Future Initiative project, a Presidential initiative focused on transforming the agriculture sector.
Mrs. Victoria Churchill Koomson, Executive Director of Central and Western Fishmongers Improvement Association encouraged all to support and help to achieve the set goals and targets.