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Opportunities in the Fisheries Sector

by the Fish Site Editor
31 December 2008, at 12:00am

GAMBIA - Easy entry, which requires no capital to start operating and no formal qualifications and the fisheries sector, provides opportunities for many poor and vulnerable people.

Fish processing and trading at the artisan level provides diversified employment opportunities in fishing communities, reports All Africa. Although little is understood about poverty in the post-harvest sector, there is a wide diversity of academic and civil society skills that understand wider poverty issues and this could be applied to the sector to increase understanding of post-harvest poverty in the country.

In addition, the Gambia poverty reduction strategy provides a valuable framework for addressing poverty that could be directly applied to poverty in the post-harvest sector and to guide support for poverty reduction approaches.

The diversity and experience of representative bodies in fisheries can generally provide a template for better representation of stakeholders in the post-harvest sector in the future. Meanwhile, the existing networking and linkages between the women in the sector could be improved upon to create a more formal institution for their representation and a source for collateral to secure formal bank loans for their operations.

the Fish Site Editor