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  • 2018 Fisheries and Food Security: A briefing from the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project, January 2018

    Coastal Resources Center 1 February 2018

    The Fisheries sector plays a significant role in the Ghanaian economy overall. It directly employs 263,000 people and is estimated to contribute to the livelihoods of 2.6 million Ghanaians. Ghana’s fish trade deficit is growing. In 2013, it increased to US$319 million while fish imports grew to US$373 million. The small-scale artisanal (canoe) fishery is an important sector of Ghana’s economy and plays significant roles in supporting livelihoods and food security. This fishery produced 70% of the marine fish supply in 2015. Reducing the total fishing effort to the targets recommended by a science and technical working group15 would allow small-pelagic stocks to recover and rebuild. The potential maximum production by 2030 is 90,000MT. Improved post-harvest handling and processing can reverse current post-harvest losses in the value chain that range from 4% to 50% of salted, dried and smoked fish products in Africa. USAID’s significant investments are achieving results and contributing to its country strategy and Ghana’s fisheries and food security development agenda.

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  • 2018 USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project Progress Report, October 1 to December 31, 2017

    Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2018

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the first quarter of Year 4 (October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017). It also explains how partners significantly contributed to the achievement of set targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

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  • 2018 MSMEs/VSLAs Formative Evaluation Report

    McNally, C., Crawford, B. Nyari-Hardi, B., Torell, E. 1 February 2018

    This report presents the results of a study conducted to evaluate the outcomes of the SFMP and CSLP projects support to enhance coastal livelihoods and improve fisheries the post-harvest value chain. The overall purpose of the formative evaluation of project supported MSMEs, VSLAs, and coastal livelihoods are to examine the relevance, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of projects activities. The assessment also gauges the extent to which individual characteristics, geography, and other intervention factors influence change – and the degree of change.

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  • 2017 Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) of the Densu Estuary Oyster Harvesting, Bortianor/Tsokomey, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

    Janha, F., Ashcroft, M., & Mensah, J. 1 February 2017

    This report is a synthesis of the results of a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) commissioned by the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), in partnership with Development Action Association (DAA) and the women fisher folk at Tsokomey in the Bortianor municipality of the Greater Accra Region. The purpose of the PRA was to assess prospects for development of a community based management plan for oyster harvesting as a sustainable livelihood and food security venture in the Densu River estuary. The Densu Delta was designated as a RAMSAR site in 1992, recognizing it as a protected wetland of international importance under the International Convention on Wetlands. A management plan for the Delta was developed in 1999, but did not make reference to oyster harvesting activities.

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  • 2017 Report On Training on Use and Maintenance of the Ahotor Stove

    Opari-Addor, J. 1 June 2017

    This report was to ensure that MSMEs acquire enough knowledge about the use and maintenance of the stove, give information on the Ahotor stove, and to get feedback from the MSMEs on using the stove. CEWEFIA has been promoting it in the four target communities and beyond. The financing mode of the stove selected has also proved effective since some of them are already saving with banks. MSMEs (109) have registered with Akatakyiman bank for the stove and the need was felt to further train them to enable them own their stoves.

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  • 2017 Ghana Fisheries Leadership Program: Training of Trainers Guide

    Coastal Resources Center 1 September 2017

    This training was to combine the fisheries leadership content with competencies in how to design and deliver quality adult learning programs. The vision is that key fishery leaders are using their unique attitudes and skills to guide the majority of stakeholders towards a co-management arrangement. These leaders are changing how stakeholders see the fishery system that is leading the majority to take responsibility to improve the fishery. This has resulted in improved environmental conditions, added value to the fishery and healthier livelihoods.

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  • 2017 Business Development Training for MSMES in Moree, Elmina, and Anlo

    CEWEFIA 1 April 2017

    The broad objective of the training is to improve the knowledge and skills of trainees in basic business management and practice in order to promote growth through the provision of effective training

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  • 2017 Report on Biannual Stakeholder Meetings

    Daasgift 1 June 2017

    This report was to discuss and address Sanitation Issues at landing sites, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fisheries (IUU), familiarization of Fisheries management plan, Gender mainstreaming and brief Participants on the status of DQF trained MSMEs. There were requests by stakeholders in Year Two of SFMP, for the establishment of common platform for briefing on the activities and status of DQF trained MSMEs. It was for this reason that DQF organized the Biannual Stakeholder Meetings/ Dialogues in year three.

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  • 2017 Training of Micro-Finance Institutions on Stove Performance Indicators and Financing Scheme

    Kwarteng E., Benedicta A. 1 September 2017

    The overall goal of the workshop was to sensitize participating financial institutions on the importance of the Ahotor oven as the leading homegrown improved cook stove technology and on the modalities for operationalizing the stove financing model, so as to prepare them (financial institutions) towards the promotion of the Ahotor oven.

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  • 2017 Technical training in Hygienic Fish Handling, Packaging and Branding, Fire and Safety for 200 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises

    Swanzy, S., Kankam, M 1 March 2017

    Active Fire Precautionary measures were very poor in the communities of Axim, Shama and Ankobra causing a lot of fire outbreaks of which most of the vulnerable were fish processors. Some businesses collapsed due to fire outbreak. Therefore an intervention was organized in the form of theoretical and practical training by Daasgift.

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  • 2017 Microbiological (PAHs) Analysis Of Fish From Selected Areas From Central And Western Regions Of Ghana

    Aheto, D. W., Adinortey, C. A., Essumang, D. K., Adjei, J. & Ahadzi, E. Kwarteng E. Avega B. 1 September 2017

    This study was to To provide scientific evidence on smoked fish production to guide the promotion of improved processing methods, product quality, packaging, labeling and marketing to significantly increase the value of smoke/dried fish products and shelf life, allowing better penetration to domestic markets, where demand is strong, as well as to neighboring countries. Investigate into microbiological profiles of smoked and salted fish from popular sales points and markets in Ghana.

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  • 2017 QUARTERLY REPORT October 1, 2016 –December 31, 2016

    Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 January 2017

    This report focuses on progress made on USAID/COMFISH Plus start-up and on implementing the annual fiscal year 2017 work plan during the first quarter (October 1 – December 31, 2016).

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  • 2017 Training Report on Anti-CLaT Strategies, Referral Process and Community Action Planning

    Adeborna D. 1 February 2017

    The key outcomes of this workshop was to develop the capacity of the participants on anti-CLaT strategies, as published in the anti-CLaT policy in fisheries Strategy developed under the SFMP in 2016. Also, participants were trained on the use of the systematic referral mechanisms and protocols developed under the Child Protection Compacts. (IOM, 2016). Finally, the training workshop sought to train participants on the development of Community Action Plans (CAPs).

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  • 2017 Performance Evaluation Survey-Ahotor oven

    Avega, B., Tibu, G. A. 1 June 2017

    This report works with SNV in August and September 2016 constructed 12 demonstrations, Ahotor ovens and an additional 20 Ahotor ovens for under-privileged women who cannot afford the ovens; 1 stove was also purchased. These ovens were constructed in Elmina, Apam, Winneba, Mumford, Moree in the Central Region, Anlo Beach, Takoradi and Sekondi in the Western Region. SNV in January 2017 conducted an evaluation of the performance of the oven and beneficiary satisfaction with the use of the oven. 30 Ahotor oven hosts were interviewed during the process. The additional 2 stoves were stationed at the Cewefia processing shed as demonstration units. A questionnaire was used for the interview.

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  • 2017 QUARTERLY REPORT January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017

    Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 April 2017

    This report describes the progress made in implementing the Q2 activities of the FY17 COMFISH Plus work plan.

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  • 2017 CEWEFIA Exchange Visit With DAA To DAASGIFT Quality Foundation

    Victoria, C.K 1 August 2017

    The objective of this paper was to discuss and plan for the next exchange visit and to visit the women groups in DAASGIFT operational communities. The Executive Director of Daasgift confirmed the information that she would no longer partake in the project but promised her continual support to the other two organizations in carrying out project activities. She also promised to organize her women groups for any activities that DAA and CEWEFIA may want to involve them in.

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  • 2017 Synthesis of Scientific and Local Knowledge on Sardinella species in Ghana.

    Castro, K., Skrobe, L. Asare, C. and Kankam, S. 1 October 2017

    The objective of the LEK is to discover patterns of belief that can be separated into cultural domains that can add new knowledge about Sardinella, fishing and environments. Four focus group discussions (FGD) were conducted by staff from Hen Mpoano from May to July 2016 in different fishing communities: New Takoradi (Western Region), Elmina (Central Region), Tema New Town (Greater Accra Region), and Abutiakope (Volta Region). A total of 105 fishermen attended the FGDs. FGDs were held to collect initial data for the development of the survey instrument to be used for the one-on-one data collection. There was an overwhelming agreement in regards to the state of the sardinella population and 94% of respondents agreed that the population is decreasing in the waters where they fish and 88% said there was a decrease in the overall waters of Ghana.

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  • 2017 Report On Year 3 Fourth Quarter Post Harvest Coordinating Meeting JUNE

    Smith, N. 1 June 2017

    The objective of this report is to To identify areas that need more work and collaboration to share ideas and experiences that will bring innovations to improve the food value chain. CEWEFIA attended the last Quarter Meeting on 29th June, 2017 at SNV Conference Room in Accra. The Partners present at the meeting were SFMP, SNV, DAA, CEWEFIA and NAFPTA. The main agenda was on two issues: presentation of Year 3 activities of each implementing partner, challenges faced in implementing the activities; as well as planned activities for Year 4. Activities could be continued and the ones that needed to be dropped to make way for more impacts.

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  • 2017 Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Annual Report

    Owusu, A. A. 30 September 2017

    Environmental Compliance is a mandatory requirement for all USAID-funded programs, to ensure project activities do not have significant impact on the environment. USAID Implementing Partners are obligated to consider throughout the life of project, environmental impacts arising from its activities. During the FY 2017 of the SFMP, All USAID environmental requirements laid down in the project Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) were complied with to ensure no significant impact on the environment from activity implementation.

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  • 2017 Training Of MSMES In Fish Processing Business Development In Volta Region

    Etsra, H., Kwarteng, E. 1 May 2017

    The objectives of the training program was to increase participants’ knowledge on business records keeping and profit calculation, increase participants’ understanding of the benefits of savings and encourage them to practice it, increase participants’ interest in the benefits and use of Dzidedi oven and strengthen existing groups and adopt them into NAFPTA.

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  • 2017 Designing and scoping climate change vulnerability assessments for coastal national parks in the northeast region: Guidance and lessons learned

    Ricci, G., D. Robadue, Jr., and A. L. Babson 1 April 2017

    To plan for climate change adaptation, park resource managers need scientific information identifying the susceptibility of resources to climate change, when impacts are expected and how they are expected to interact with existing stressors. Climate change vulnerability assessments are a priority for many parks to support adaptation planning, but there is a need for park specific guidance on scoping, implementing and using vulnerability assessments. Several frameworks and resources are available focusing on coastal communities and on natural resources. This document summarizes some of these and draws lessons from assessments already completed or underway in parks in the Northeast. The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a range of climate change research and monitoring actions that address park vulnerability assessment needs. This guide provides additional materials to assist coastal parks in the Northeast Region (NER) to move forward with their vulnerability assessments and describes how to apply results to management. While the frameworks and examples that are the focus of this guide were primarily developed for natural resources, cultural resources and facilities examples are provided as available. This guide represents the combined experience and guidance from NER coastal park resource managers in hopes that others in the region will be aware of the numerous activities happening and lessons learned in the region.

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  • 2017 Five Demonstration Activities on Stove use and Safety Management

    Kankam, M. 1 June 2017

    This reports objectives are to introduce the AHOTOR Oven to fish processors and the general public, demonstrate to fish processors and the general public on the use, benefits and features of the AHOTOR Oven, and to conduct a comparative test to assess the performance and efficiency of the new technology. The expected outcome of this report are for participants to fully understand how to use the AHOTOR Oven for smoking and to understand the financing model for the acquisition the Oven.

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  • 2017 Business development training for 100 new Micro Small Medium Enterprises

    Swanzy, S., Kankam, M. 1 March 2017

    The lack of business development and management skills among majority of fish processors to expand their businesses and also create an alternative livelihood is an important concern that can be addressed by business management training. The general objective of the program was to provide business development and management training by educating fish processors to mobilize their own resources through savings and credit activities with a view to improving the socio-economic conditions of the community, their business, community members and creating alternative livelihood.

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  • 2017 Progress Report. April 1 to June 30, 2017. USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project

    Coastal Resources Center 30 June 2017

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the third quarter of Year 3 (April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017). It also explains how partners significantly contributed to the achievement of set targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

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  • 2017 Progress Report. January 1 To March 31, 2017. USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project

    Coastal Resources Center 31 March 2017

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the second quarter of Year 3 (January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017). It also explains how partners significantly contributed to the achievement of set targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

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