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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 SFMP 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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  • 2018 Training on Healthy Fish Handling for Fish Processors

    Development Action Association 1 March 2018

    Hygienic Fish Handling Training was conducted for (30) thirty fishermen and thirty (30) Fishmongers on 21st and 22nd March 2017 at the interim Fisheries Training Centre at Tsokomey in the Ga South Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region. The objectives of this workshop was to help fishers to identify critical points in post-harvest handling of fish that leads to spoilage, to improve fish quality to satisfy consumers, to improve fish quality to increase profit and to avoid unnecessary spoilage of fish after harvest and through the value chain of fish handling.

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  • 2017 Stakeholder Participation and Social Network Baseline and Year 2 Report

    Asare, M., Corvese, C., Long, N., Odjidja, E., Robadue, D., Wallace, K. 1 May 2017

    This report draws upon the event participation and contact information to trace the growth of stakeholder engagement related to SFMP activities. In addition to the cumulative number of individuals and encounters, the data has been analyzed to determine how many new individuals—men and women—are becoming involved over time. In addition, we explore whether it is possible to document shifts over time in the levels of engagement of women in policy-related events compared to livelihood related training and meetings, to see if elements of success in implementing the SFMP gender strategy for increasing women’s engagement in policy can be detected. Finally, we utilize approaches employed in social network analysis to draw additional insights out of this routine information in terms of actors who are more central or well-placed to foster or block information exchange. Some results of this exercise are also presented.

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  • 2017 Exchange visits to Oyster Growing Area

    Development Action Association 1 May 2017

    The objectives of this visit were to learn possible measures the Ada clam farmers have put in place towards management of the clams, to learn how close seasons have helped in managing the clams and to give in-depth knowledge on training received on oyster biology, ecology and management. The visit which was embarked on by 30 oyster pickers included other stakeholders like the secretary Sakumo-We (Sakumo family) who are the custodians/owners of the Densu resource in Bortianor, a representative from Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD). The trip was embarked on 24th May, 2017.

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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 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 Model Improved Fishing Smoking Stove Exhibition – Production of Model Stoves

    Development Action Association 1 June 2017

    The objectives of the DAA Fisheries Training Center are to improve upon the livelihood of fish processors and also produce healthy fish and fish products into the market, it was decided to build an improved fish smoking stove at the center which will be used for training purposes; in order to improve the knowledge on the improved smoking stoves and benefits thereof. The initial plan was to make miniatures of the stoves for the center but for training purposes it was decided that the single unit Morrison stove at the center be retrofitted to Ahotor oven since there was not enough space at the interim center.

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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 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 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 Implementing Post-Harvest Value Chain Improvements In SmallScale Fisheries In Elmina, Ghana

    Antwi, H., Beran, K. 16 November 2017

    Fish smoking is the most widely used method for processing fish in Ghana, yet traditional fish smoking methods and techniques used to process fish lead to financial losses and health concerns. There is a need to improve fish quality relative to food safety, food security and value addition given health, economic and environmental concerns within the small-scale fishery post-harvest sector in Ghana. Post-harvest value chain improvements supported by the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project implemented in the small-scale fishery post-harvest sector in Ghana aim to improve fish hygiene and handling practices and preservation techniques through the adoption of improved fish smoking technology to produce safe, healthy fish for consumption and sale

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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 SFMP Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Annual Report 2017

    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 Small Pelagic LEK Validation Report

    Asare C., Nortey D. D. N. 1 January 2017

    The Local Ecological Knowledge study of fishermen was to gather detailed information about the knowledge and perceptions of fishermen in coastal communities on Sardinella Fisheries in Ghana. The goal of the validation exercise was to present the findings of the study to the fishermen to vet if it was an accurate representation of their knowledge as provided by interviewees.

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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 Woodlot Committee Meeting Report

    Opari-Addor, J., Takyi, M. 1 June 2017

    The cassia plantation in Anlo, Shama District has seen much success from the start of the project to date; from land acquisition, seedling buying, land clearing and planting. This activity which falls under IR 4.2.2 work with women and youth in Anlo to manage woodlot plantation is a direct activity to ensure that fish is protected by protecting the mangrove (ecosystem of Anlo) thereby relating to the main project goal of rebuilding marine fishery stocks since the mangrove is spawning ground for some fish species.

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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 Training Report on Gender Mainstreaming Strategy training for Zonal Fisheries officers

    Mensah-Kutin R, Akakpo P. Avega B. 1 February 2017

    This report was to increase the knowledge of Zonal fisheries officers on how to mainstream gender in their day to day work and to train Fisheries Zonal officers on the new Gender Mainstreaming strategy. The training was conducted by Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin and Ms. Patricia Blankson Akakpo, the consultants working with MOFAD, FC and SNV on the Gender Mainstreaming Strategy (GMS) for the fisheries sector in Ghana.

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  • 2017 Functional Literacy Training Report for Shama, Axim and Ankobra

    Kankam; M 1 September 2017

    This paper focused on training functional Literacy Training in reading, writing, numeracy and language was organized for one-hundred MSMEs selected from three coastal communities, namely Shama, Axim and Ankobra to improve upon their literacy skills. Thirty fish processors were selected from Ankobra, and thirty-five each selected from Shama and Axim.

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