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  • 2018 SFMP Progress Report. January 1 to March 31, 2018.

    CRC 6 June 2018

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the second quarter of Project Year 4 (FY18). *It also explains how partners contributed to the achievement of targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of SFMP.

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  • 2018 SFMP Progress Report. April 1 to June 30, 2018

    Coastal Resources Center 1 July 2018

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the third quarter of Project Year 4 (FY18). It also explains how partners contributed to the achievement of targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of SFMP.

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  • 2018 Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (Revised May, 2018)

    Coastal Resources Center 1 May 2018

    Following USAID ADS 203 guidance, this document serves as the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (M&E Plan). The M&E Plan is a tool for planning, managing, evaluating, and documenting progress towards achieving the goals of the project. It will help us methodologically evaluate and communicate the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. It will be part of our overarching learning strategy that is based on adaptive management, sound science for management, stakeholder participation, and periodic self-evaluation. The M&E Plan includes two major components. First is the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) and its associated indicator reporting which is tied to the project goal and intermediate results. Second is a knowledge management and learning strategy to communicate and share information, results, and lessons—and solicit input and feedback for adaptive management. This approach will optimize the project’s performance and ensure accountability to USAID and the Ghanaian and American people.

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  • 2018 Hygienic Fish Handling, New Improved Stove And Consumer Awareness Campaign

    Affel R., Smith. N. 1 February 2018

    The Hygienic Fish Handling, New Improved Oven and Consumer Awareness Creation Campaigns were organized in the four Project target Communities in Central and Western Regions of Ghana namely Elmina, Moree, Anlo-Beach and Sekondi/Ngyeresia. Each of the campaigns was climaxed with a grand durbar. In all, 483 people participated in the campaign comprising of Chiefs, Chief Fishermen, Canoe Owners, Elders, Market Queens, District Assembly Representatives, Food and Drugs Authority Representatives and Fishermen and Fish Processors/Mongers. The campaign has for its purpose awareness creation on the importance of handling fish under hygienic conditions from net to plate. It was also to educate the people on the new improved oven (Ahotor Oven). The durbar ended successfully with its objectives achieved.

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  • 2018 Status of the small pelagic stocks in Ghana and recommendations to achieve sustainable fishing 2017

    Lazar, N., Yankson K., Blay, J., Ofori-Danson, P., Markwei, P., Agbogah, K., Bannerman, P., Sotor, M., Yamoah, K. K., Bilisini, W. B. 1 April 2018

    This report provides an update of the status of the small pelagic fish stocks in Ghana through 2017. It was led by the Scientific and Technical Working Group (STWG) of the USAID/ Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP). The information contained here was obtained from the Fisheries Scientific and Survey Division (FSSD) of the Fisheries Commission (FC) of Ghana and other available information. In this report we use the best available scientific information to show the status of small pelagic stocks in Ghana. Although these stocks extend beyond the borders of Ghana’s EEZ, we assume, for management purposes only, that the landings from Ghana form single small pelagic stock. While we recognize that this assumption may not be valid but since the landings realized in the EEZ of Ghana represent a large share of the Gulf of Guinea, it is fair to assume that that this assessment is indicative of the rest of the stock outside the boundaries of Ghana.

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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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  • 2018 COMFISH PLUS FY18 Q1 Report Final

    Coastal Resources Center - CRC 1 January 2018

    The project objective is to support the Government of Senegal's efforts to reform the fisheries sector and increase the resilience of fishing communities and their livelihoods. The project does this by strengthening the enabling conditions for improved governance, including gender empowerment; improving access to science for decision making; and identifying and taking actions that increase resilience to climate change.

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  • 2018 COMFISH Plus GOS Extrait du code de la pêche

    13 July 2015

    Ce document est un extrait du Code de la pêche (loi et décret) concernant uniquement la pêche artisanale. Il a été conçu comme un support de vulgarisation et de sensibilisation sur la gestion durable des ressources dans le cadre de la mise en oeuvre des plans locaux de gestion des pêcheries de sardinelles (Grande côte sud, grande côte Nord, Cap Vert, Petite Côte et Casamance.

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  • 2018 Shellfish Co-Management: Peer to Peer Study Tour to Western Benin Oyster Communities

    Adité, Alphonse, Adité, Perpétue, Agbey-Dedei, Sarah, Asare, Abraham, Janha, Fatou, Kent, Karen 1 May 2018

    This Shellfish Co-Management Peer to Peer Study Tour to Western Benin Oyster Communities was part of a series of peer to peer capacity development actions facilitated by USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) to support a women-led participatory fisheries co-management planning process for sustainable management of the Densu River estuary oyster fishery in Ghana in partnership with Development Action Associates (DAA). The Densu estuary co-management planning process is modelled on the participatory, ecosystem-based, rights-based co-management approach implemented in The Gambia by the TRY Oyster Women’s Association (TOWA) and the Department of Fisheries, facilitated by the University of Rhode Island (URI) under the USAID/BaNafaa Project. The Benin study tour built on previous peer to peer capacity development activities organized by SFMP

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  • 2018 Rapport Diagnostic Projet Comfish Plus

    Coastal Resources Center 1 December 2017

    Ce présent rapport de mission est le résultat d’un diagnostic participatif de cinq sites de transformation artisanale de produits halieutiques de Cayar, Yenne Todd, Guéreuw (Guéréo), Pointe Sarène et Missirah dans le cadre du projet USAID/COMFISH Plus pour une amélioration de la qualité et une meilleure mise en marché des produits halieutiques transformés, à travers l’établissement d’un état des lieux des unités de transformation ciblées. Elle s’est déroulée du 06 au 08 Décembre et du 11 au 13 Décembre 2017.

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  • 2018 Rapport Projet Comfish Plus BPH BPT French

    Momar Yacinthe DIOP 1 June 2018

    La prise en compte de la formation des femmes dans la promotion et le développement de leurs activités de production gage de leur développement économique, est un véritable défi à relever pour la lutte contre la pauvreté. Le contexte socio- économique actuel secoué par des perturbations multiples (environnement déséquilibré, la rareté des ressources naturelles, la hausse des prix), a créé beaucoup de difficultés qui ont même perturbé la vie des femmes.

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  • 2018 Summary of the 2016-2018 directed study course for Graduate Students studying integrated fisheries management.

    Robadue Donald 1 June 2018

    The aim of the directed study was to help new and continuing international students pursuing graduate degrees associated with CRC projects including Ghana and Malawi become established in their study and living situations, augmenting the support provided by their respective departments. *It sought to help them remain engaged with each other and as members of the network of researchers and professionals involved in their respective sponsoring projects at home.

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  • 2018 COMFISH Plus Mise en place des unités de concertation Sine Saloum

    Minata DIA 1 March 2018

    Ce document est un compte rendu de la mise en place des Unités de Concertation émanant des CLPA de Toubacouta, Missirah, Foundiougne, Djirnda, Bassoul, Niodior, Fimela et Palmarin pour la mise en oeuvre du Plan de Gestion Participatif de la pêcherie de l’ethmalose au Sine Saloum.

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  • 2018 Guide Bonnes Pratiques d’Hygiène Projet USAID Comfish Plus French

    Monsieur Momar Yacinthe DIOP 1 June 2018

    Ce guide s’adresse donc en priorité aux femmes évoluant dans le secteur de la transformation du poisson. Il constitue un référentiel qui a pour but de guider les actrices dans leurs activités de tous les jours. Il est en même temps un répertoire de comportements et d’attitudes qui prend en compte toutes les opérations dans le processus de transformation de produits alimentaires à base de poissons. S’adressant à un public avec un faible niveau d’alphabétisation, il a été réalisé dans un langage simple, illustré par des images.

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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 COMFISH PLUS RAPPORT TRIMESTRIEL 1er Octobre 2017 – 31 Décembre 2017

    Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island 31 January 2018

    Ce rapport décrit les progrès réalisés dans la mise en oeuvre des activités du premier trimestre du plan de travail de l’année fiscale 2018 du projet USAID/COMFISH PLUS.

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  • 2018 A Guide on Illegal Fishing Activities in Ghana

    Afoakwah, Richmond. 1 April 2018

    This manual is intended to contribute immensely to the development of fisheries, and the value chain in Ghana, improve profitability; and gains to fisheries law enforcers, fishermen, and fish processors would be quantitatively demonstrated.

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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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  • 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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  • 2017 Business Skills Services Training

    Development Action Association 1 March 2017

    Apart from fishing from the sea, which is predominantly a male activity, all other fishing related businesses are mostly undertaken by women. These women in their daily business activities continue to battle with proper record keeping and costing all inputs in their processing sector. Due to improper record keeping coupled with poor costing of processing inputs it had led to low income and low profit margins of most processors in the country. The situation had made standard of living in the fishing Communities very poor and the children are those that suffer since they go through child labor and trafficking due the hardship of the parents/guardians. In view of the above, DAA under the SFMP trained one hundred and fifty (150) SMEs on business skills advocacy training.

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  • 2017 SFMP Progress Report April 1 to June 30, 2017.

    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 Campaign And Durbar On Improved Fish Smoking Technology And Best Hygienic Fish Handling And Advocacy Practices Awards

    Affel R., Smith. N. 1 September 2017

    The report is on the campaign and durbar, which was to reward resource users for most Exemplary Fish Handling, Cleanest Landing Beach and Anti Child Labor and Trafficking Advocacy Practices along Ghana’s coastal zone and for the adoption of Improved Fish Handling and Advocacy Practices. The durbar ended with rewards to participants.

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  • 2017 Field Trip To Model Processing Businesses At Ankobra

    Development Action Association 1 June 2017

    Fish processing is the main source of livelihood for many women along the coast of Ghana. These women battle to processe quality and hygienic fish to meet both local and international standards. To help fish processors from Winneba, Apam and Mumford to upgrade their processing sites and learn from model processors, DAA organized a study tour for 30 SMEs from Apam, Winneba and Mumford to a model fish processing site at Ankobra in the Western Region. The study tour was organized on 30th June, 2017 through the support and sponsorship of USAID, under the SFMP. There was knowledge gain from the study tour where the processors learned modern ways of processing; and also exchanged skills and experiences.

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  • 2017 Training on Hygienic Fish Handling, Packaging, Marketing and Fire Safety

    Development Action Association. 1 January 2017

    The Hygienic Fish Handling and Fire Safety training were for 183 SME’s from Apam, Winneba and Mumford. The SME’s were divided into 3 batches for the training. The first batch was trained on the 16th May, 2017 at Winneba, the second batch 17th May, 2017 at Apam and 18th May, 2017 at Mumford for the last batch. The expected outcomes of training are: * To improve knowledge in basic fire safety measures. * To know how to control basic fire at the processing site. * How to properly package fish for Market. * How to observe personal hygiene before, during and after processing fish. * To know develop marketing and packaging skills.

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