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  • 2021 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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  • 2021 Report on Vulnerable Household Cash Beneficiary Monitoring (First Report).

    Asare, A. 1 January 2021

    The COVID 19 pandemic not only brought about a medical emergency but also some untold social, economic challenges to many fishery households across all the coastal regions of Ghana. This was due to landing beaches under significant social distancing protocols which slowed down fishing and other related supply chain, including market, disturbances. However, the SFMP implemented a COVID project intervention for piloting cash transfers to qualified fishery households to enable them access basic food supply and other daily necessities. This survey seeks to assess how often did selected beneficiaries receive the allotted the monthly cash stipends,ascertain the amount received per month, determine whether the cash received was used for its intended purpose and make recommendations for improvements in similar future project interventions.

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  • 2021 Monitoring of Beneficiaries of Vulnerable Households Under the Economic Safety Net Scheme in CEWEFIA Project Communities

    Takyi, M., Smith, N., Addo, O., Antwi, D., Barth, M., Affel, R. 1 January 2021

    The CEWEFIA Project Team from Monday 25th to Friday 29th January 2021 undertook a survey on the Vulnerable Household Beneficiaries in its project communities. The survey had the purpose to assess the receipt and uses of the cash assistance among the Poor and Vulnerable Households under the Economic Safety Net Scheme. The objectives were to determine the number of beneficiaries who have received the cash assistance and those who have not, as well as the use of the cash assistance.

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  • 2021 Random Monitoring of Cash Transfer Beneficiaries in Volta Region

    Mensah, M. M., Asare, M.A. 1 January 2021

    The M&E team conducted a field visit to project target areas to monitor the receipt, use and impact of the funds received by cash beneficiaries under the SFMP COVID 2 intervention. This was to ensure that targeted beneficiaries had received their due transfers and to find out what they used the money for, challenges faced in retrieving the funds from mobile money vendors and the impact of the funds on their livelihoods amid the current pandemic.

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  • 2020 Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Annual Report. October 1, 2019- September 30, 2020

    Coastal Resources Center 29 December 2020

    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 2020 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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  • 2020 Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (Revised July and Updated November, 2020)

    Coastal Resources Center 29 December 2020

    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, Ghanaian and American people. The M&E Plan including the PMP, represents the overarching results framework, indicators, targets, and plan for data quality assurance. It describes the process for developing rapid assessments and baselines, which will form the basis for subsequent routine monitoring, periodic assessments and subsequent learning and adaptive management. The PMP lays out a calendar of performance management tasks, describes how data is collected and how the project will assess the limitations and quality of data. The document also details the plan for knowledge management and learning.

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  • 2020 Densu Delta Community-Based Fisheries Management Plan, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

    Ghana Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Fisheries Commission 22 December 2020

    This is the official plan approved by the Ghana Fisheries Commission. This community-based Oyster Fishery Management Plan for the Densu Delta builds on the best practices and lessons learned from the 10-day Regional Study Tour on Women’s Empowerment and Post-Harvest Improvements in The Gambia and Senegal in 2016 involving 11 members of five women-led civil society organizations (CSOs) and the Fisheries Commission and supported by the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP). The successes of TRY Oyster Group, a peer woman based organization in the Gambia that developed successful community-based strategies for sustainable oyster and cockle fisheries management and value chain improvements, led to a realization that similar management practices could be implemented for the oyster fishery in the Densu Delta. 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. The objective of this Community-Based Management Plan is to ensure sustainable management of the Densu oyster fishery for improved food security and other benefits, especially for women oyster harvesters and other participating estuarine communities who depend on this fishery resource for their livelihood.

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  • 2020 Pra Estuary Community-Based Fisheries Management Plan, Western Region, Ghana

    Ghana Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and Fisheries Commission 22 December 2020

    This is the official plan approved by the Ghana Fisheries Commission. This co-management plan is designed for management of the fishery in the Pra Estuary located in the Shama District of the Western Region of Ghana. The Pra estuary is approximately 100m wide at the point of entry into the sea and is an area of high landscape value covering a biologically rich and diverse ecosystem comprising mangrove forests, salt marshes and swamps. It falls within the geographic space lying to the South-South East border of Shama District.

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  • 2020 Ankobra Estuary Community-Based Fisheries Management Plan, Western Region, Ghana

    Ghana Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and Fisheries Commission 22 December 2020

    This is the official plan approved by the Ghana Fisheries Commission. The objective of this community-based fisheries management plan is to ensure sustainable management of the Ankobra River Estuarine fishery and improved food security and livelihood benefits, especially for participating estuarine fishing communities as well as those involved in the fishery value chain.

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  • 2020 Spot Checks of Handwashing Stations Conducted in SFMP Selected Landing Sites under the COVID Intervention

    Asare. M, Morgan, M. 1 December 2020

    The SFMP Monitoring and Evaluation team carried out a field visit to project target areas to 1. Conduct spot checks to randomly selected landing sites. 2. Ensure management of handwashing stations and consumables. 3. Identify and discuss modalities on how to better manage handwashing stations and periodic repairs when required. 4. Directly establish linkage with landing site advocates to share experiences on the project. 5. Identify challenges in manning handwashing stations. 6. Make recommendations based on the findings identified. A total of 18 landing sites in the Greater Accra and Volta regions were randomly selected for the survey. The method of data collection was via direct observation. Data was collected using the Kobo Toolbox application installed on tablets. Nine landing sites were visited in the Anloga district of the Volta region. In the Greater Accra region, the team visited the Awudin, Ashamang, Tsienaa, Kokrobite, Bortianor, Lanteman, Abese, Chorkor Chemunaa and Chorkor Lanteman landing sites were visited in the Ga South, Accra Metro, La Dade Kotopon, Ledzokuku Krowor and Tema A total of 18 sites were visited. This report segregates findings into each landing site and the partner that mainly leads activities under them.

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  • 2019 GUIDE D’ELABORATION DES PLANS D’AMENAGEMENT DES PECHERIES A MADAGASCAR

    Le Ministère de l’Agriculture, de l’Elevage et de la Pêche 1 December 2020

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  • 2020 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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  • 2020 SFMP Annual Progress Report. October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020

    Coastal Resources Center 1 November 2020

    This annual report updates project progress through Year 6 (October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020) and provides information on how partners are contributing to the achievement of project targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of SFMP. On May 28, 2020, the SFMP Cooperative Agreement with URI was modified to provide a 7-month cost extension through April 2021. A supplemental Program description was provided with the following result areas elaborated to achieve the goal of the SFMP COVID-19 response initiative: “To prevent the spread and mitigate the economic effects of COVID-19 among vulnerable households in fishing communities in Ghana.” Results of this extension are included in this report.

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  • 2020 Status of the small pelagic stocks in Ghana in 2019. Scientific and Technical Working Group

    Lazar, N., Yankson, K., Blay, J., Ofori-Danson, P., Markwei, P., Agbogah, K., Bannerman, P., Sotor, M., Yamoah, K. K., Bilisini, W. B. 1 November 2020

    This report provides an update of the status of the small pelagic fish stocks of Ghana through 2019. It was led by the FSSD, reviewed and validated by the Science and Technical Working Group (STWG). Annual landings of Sardinella aurita have declined from 119515 tonnes. in 1992 to 11,834 tonnes in 2019. This represented only 9.9% of the highest recorded landings. This drastic decline in landings is caused largely by the artisanal fishing fleet, which operates without proper management controls in an open access. In addition, the unit of effort of a canoe is more efficient today than in the past due to advanced technologies, modern fishing nets, powerful engines and big capital investments. For example, the average size of a purse seine was about 200-300 meters long in the 1970s but today it is 3 times larger - between 600-1000 meters in length and the average crew members on a canoe doubled from 10 to 20 fishermen. Canoe gross tonnage and capacity increased by 2.5 fold (from 2 to 5 metric tons) while the Catch per Unit Effort (CPUE) declined dramatically and the cost and timing of a fishing trip increased as fishermen spend more time searching for fish offshore.

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  • 2020 Co-Management Policy for the Fisheries Sector

    Ghana Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development 1 November 2020

    The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development was established in 2013 and maintained by the Executive Instrument (E.I.28) establishing the Civil Service (Ministries) in 2017. The Ministry, together with the Fisheries Commission, the implementing agency, is committed to a pluralistic approach to managing Ghana's fisheries resources to achieve the mandate of their establishments. The objective set forth in the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Plan as well as other existing national policy plans is to identify co-management as a key element for the management of the fisheries sector and the sustainable management of Ghana’s fisheries resources. To this end, this Fisheries Co-Management Policy has been developed to provide a roadmap for Ghana's fisheries management that transitions from a basically top-down consultative management framework to an approach that provides for some delegation of authority to resource users and other stakeholders in the decision-making processes. There is no one right way for implementing co-management policies and the approach taken in Ghana must consider the unique ecological, socio-economic and cultural characteristics of the fisheries industry. This Policy also provides an overview of Ghana's experience to date and lessons learned concerning fisheries co-management including assessment of the current policy and legal regime. It lays out the definition for co-management, the policy goal and objectives as well as the guiding principles for the Policy and its implementation. The Policy further provides the implementation arrangement including institutional roles and responsibilities that ensure a flexible framework that can adapt co-management systems to the unique nature of the various fisheries under the nation's jurisdiction.

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  • 2020 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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  • 2020 Year 7 Work Plan. October 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021

    Coastal Resources Center 1 October 2020

    On May 28, 2020, the SFMP Cooperative Agreement with URI was modified to provide a 7-month cost extension through April 2021. A supplemental Program description was provided with the following result areas elaborated to achieve the goal of the SFMP COVID-19 response initiative: “To prevent the spread and mitigate the economic effects of COVID-19 among vulnerable households in fishing communities in Ghana.” COVID 1: Fisherfolk at 300 landing sites, processing and/or fish markets sites better adhere to official COVID-19 disease prevention protocols. COVID 2: Two thousand extremely vulnerable fisheries-dependent households avoid extreme poverty. COVID 3: GoG has evidence on approaches for effective livelihood assistance to fishing communities affected by COVID-19. COVID 4: Cross Cutting Areas: Private Sector Engagement and Partnerships; Gender and Youth; Building for Sustainability. In pursuit of these strategic outcomes, the SFMP COVID-19 response program started working with the 27 metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies (MMDAs) along the entire coast of Ghana, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD), the Fisheries Commission (FC), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Information (MOI), as well as fisherfolk associations that have membership and respected leaders in almost all 186 fishing villages found along the coast.

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  • 2020 Minutes of SFMP Economic Safety Net Scheme Adhoc Technical Committee Virtual and In-Person Meetings

    Owusu, D., Babanawo, R. 1 September 2020

    These are the meeting notes from the first two meetings of the SFMP Economic Safety Net Scheme Adhoc Technical Committee related to the COVID-19 add-on activity carried out by SFMP.

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  • 2020 COVID-19: Mapping and Baseline Survey of Fish Landing Beaches, Processing Sites and Markets

    Okyere, I., Chuku, E. O., Angnuureng, D. B., Asare, N. K. and Aheto, D.W. ( 1 September 2020

    This survey was carried out by the UCC team to map fish landing beaches, processing sites and markets as well as collect baseline data on handwashing facilities, adherence to social distancing and wearing of facemasks in all coastal fishing communities from July to August, 2020. The activity feeds into building a baseline and developing a database for M&E of the SFMP COVID-19 response, especially for COVID-1 and COVID-2. The main goal is to develop the COVID-19 database into a web-based response tracker disaggregated by locale for effective monitoring and assessment of project activities. With assistance of SFMP implementation partners, landing beaches, processing sites and key fish markets were identified and geo-referenced using the ODK application. The number of handwashing facilities available and additional numbers required, sufficiency of supplies (i.e. soap and water), hand washing, social distancing and wearing of face masks were assessed. About 98% of the sites had inadequate hand washing facilities, with an estimate of over 1,000 additional handwashing buckets required. There was gross disregard for key COVID-19 protocols on hand washing, physical or social distancing and wearing of face masks at most sites, which presents the need for behavior change communication actions at all sites. Details of survey results are presented in this report, and the online database is being developed using the survey data.

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  • 2020 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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  • 2020 Trainer of Trainers of Hen Mpoano Site Advocates on COVID-19: Precautionary measures and appropriate data collection tools to track and assess the SFMP COVID-19 Project

    Hen Mpoano 1 August 2020

    Community Site Advocates (SAs) have been selected in all the 300 fish-landing sites in Ghana to receive training in order to support the execution and monitoring of the implementation of activities at each landing site. As an implementing partner under the SFMP COVID-19 Project, Hen Mpoano organized training for Community Site Advocates in the Western and Greater Accra Regions. Participants for the training were residents of coastal communities selected from six coastal MMDAs in Western and Greater Accra Regions. These Districts are Jomoro Municipal, Ellembelle District and Nzema East Municipal in Western Region; and Ningo-Prampram Ada West and Ada East Districts in the Greater Accra Region. In Western region, Officers of the Regional Fisheries Commission office including the acting Regional Director and the some Zonal officers also participated in the training.

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  • 2020 Report of the Scientific and Techncial Working Group Meeting – July 28-29, 2020

    Scientific and Techncial Working Group (STWG) 28 July 2020

    The meeting of the Science and Technical Working Group was held from July 28-29,2020 at the A&E Hotel in Accra, Ghana. Its main objectives were to: Update members on the status of Ghana’s small pelagic and demersal fish stocks. Update members on biological impact of the closed season. Update members on socio-economic impact of the closed season. Make observations of socio-economic impacts on the artisanal closure of 2019 by FC. Present the trawl gear audits conducted by the FC (Board) and GITA. Present the evaluation methodologies of closed season by KNUST. Discuss adoption of the STWG as a formal scientific advisory body of the FC Board. Develop 2021 management recommendations.

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  • 2020 Training of Handwashing Station Site Advocates From 76 Landing Beaches

    Opare Addo J., Antwi D., Takyi, M., Smith, N. 1 July 2020

    The SFMP COVID-19 Project is essentially important to fishers in helping to reduce the spread of the pandemic among fishers along the coasts of Ghana. As part of the project activities, to provide hand washing equipment at landing beaches, sites advocates are to be trained to effectively manage the hand washing stations at selected landing beaches of the selected project communities. In view of that CEWEFIA organized a one- day training for selected sites advocates in its project communities. The landing beaches in the coastal communities were therefore divided among SFMP implementing partners. CEWEFIA got to work with fishers from seventy-six (76) landing sites in thirty-one (31) fishing communities in the Central Region. The selection of the Site Advocates was done in collaboration with Chief fishermen from the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC) based on a set of criteria. The training has the purpose to equip the capacity of the sites advocates on the M&E data collection tool that will be used in monitoring Hand Washing Stations at landing beaches to ascertain behavioral changes. These site advocates have the role of managing the use of the hand washing stations that would be set up in their landing beaches and report to the implementing partner which is CEWEFIA.

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  • 2020 Trainer of Trainers of Development Action Association Site Advocates on COVID-19: Precautionary measures and appropriate data collection tools to track and assess the SFMP COVID-19 Project

    Asare, A. 1 July 2020

    The USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) is a 7-year intervention (2014 - 2021) funded by USAID and seeks to rebuild targeted marine fisheries stocks through the adoption of sustainable fisheries practices. The project works closely with government agencies, fisheries authorities, policy makers and fisher folk in the entire coastal stretch of Ghana to achieve the project goals. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana in March 2020 it was considered that this unanticipated development could have dire consequences on the artisanal fisheries sector which is central to the economy and the livelihoods of 300,000 men and women in over 300 coastal communities given the communal nature of landing fish and the related post-harvest activities. Trainings on the precautionary measures and appropriate data collection tools to track and assess the SFMP COVID-19 Project were held in two (2) batches on the 21st July and 22nd July 2020 in Accra (Kokrobite) at the DAA Fisheries Training Center (DFTC) and Winneba (Central Region) at the Gloriaka Hotel respectively. Participants were selected from the six (6) coastal districts of DAA under the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project with consultations with the chief fishermen of the various landing sites and the Fisheries Commission zonal & field officers.

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  • 2020 Trainer of Trainers of Friends of the Nation Site Advocates on COVID-19 precautionary measures and appropriate data collection tools to track and assess the SFMP COVID-19 Project

    Friends of the Nation 1 July 2020

    Friends of the Nation as an implementing partner of the USAID SFMP COVID-19 organized training for Community Site Advocates from Western and Volta Regions on July 24 and July 30, 2020 in in Pleasure Parks and Gardens in Sekondi and Keta Municipal Assembly in Keta respectively. The objectives of the training were to raise awareness on the SFMP COVID-19 project; enhance participants’ knowledge on COVID-19, mode of transmission and precautionary measures to avoid the spread of the virus; improve participants understanding and use of the monitoring reporting template and identify implementing challenges and provide solutions. The training was very participatory and interactive facilitated through power-point presentations, video show, practical demonstration, virtual interaction via zoom and plenary discussion.

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