The USAID Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project

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  • Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project Coastal Resources Center 1 March 2021

    FACT SHEET: The Women Shellfishers and Food Security project will strengthen the evidence base, increase awareness, and equip stakeholders to adapt and apply successful approaches for replication and scale-up in the eleven coastal West African countries from Senegal to Nigeria. It will draw on successful cases of a rights-based, ecosystem-based, participatory co-management approach to shellfish management by women in mangrove ecosystems in The Gambia and Ghana developed with USAID assistance. Knowledge and experience generated through the project will open up opportunities for improvement and broader application of these promising approaches in West Africa through these key project activities:

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  • Stakeholder Engagement and Dissemination Plan. USAID Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project Coastal Resources Center 15 January 2021

    This document details a plan to guide stakeholder engagement and dissemination of results and products of the Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project. The three key project components are 1) Conduct the first-ever participatory regional assessment of the situation, unmet needs, and promising approaches to shellfish co-management, 2) Elaborate and test elements of models based on existing approaches through site-based research in The Gambia and Ghana to strengthen the evidence base for successful elements of the model, and 3) Foster a community of practice around the development and dissemination of a toolkit on a rights-based, ecosystem-based, participatory co-management of shellfish by women in mangrove ecosystems in West Africa.

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  • Literature Review for the Participatory Regional Assessment of the Shellfisheries in 11 Countries from Senegal to Nigeria. USAID Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project Chuku, E. O., Abrokwah, S., Adotey, J., Effah, E., Okyere, I., Aheto D. W., Duguma, L., Oaks, B., Adu-Afarwuah, S. 1 December 2020

    This report is a Draft Literature Review for Activity 1 of the USAID Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project, which is a co-creation of the University of Rhode Island and partners from West Africa – the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, the University of Ghana, TRY Oyster Women’s Association in The Gambia, and World Agroforestry. This project seeks to address the need for greater attention to food security for women shellfishers and their families while improving biodiversity conservation of the ecosystems on which their livelihoods depend. More robust models, tools, approaches, and processes are needed to enable and promote these sustainable food systems and natural resource management in coastal West Africa.

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  • Selection of Locations for Site Based Research. USAID Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project Chuku, E. O., Duguma, L., Abrokwah, S., Bah, A., Adotey, J., Effah, E., Adade, R., and Aheto D. W. 1 November 2020

    This report provides documentation of the process used for selection of field research sites in The Gambia and Ghana for the Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project. Three sites were selected in each country based on a list of candidate sites generated. The report provides information on the criteria and process used for site selection, selected information on all the candidate sites, and a brief description of those sites selected for the in-depth field work. All the project implementing partners contributed to preparation of this report.

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  • Implementation Plan and Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Plan. Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project Coastal Resources Center 1 September 2020

    This project addresses the need for greater attention to food security for women shellfishers and their families while improving biodiversity conservation of the ecosystems on which their livelihoods depend. More robust models, tools, approaches and processes are needed to enable and promote these sustainable food systems and natural resource management in coastal West Africa. The project will strengthen the evidence base, increase awareness, and equip stakeholders to adapt and apply successful approaches in areas of high potential for replication and scale-up in the eleven coastal West African countries from Senegal to Nigeria. It will draw on successful cases of a rights-based, ecosystem-based, participatory co-management approach to shellfish management by women in mangrove ecosystems in The Gambia and Ghana developed with USAID assistance. Knowledge and experience generated through the project will open up opportunities for improvement and broader application of these promising approaches in West Africa, This document provides a basic Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Plan for this research project and an Implementation Plan that details project activities, tasks and milestones to be completed by each partner over the period of performance of the project and links them to the corresponding output and outcome indicators in the MEL Plan.

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