A sub-regional forum meant to build the capacities of stakeholders in the fisheries sectors of the seven-member countries West Africa Association for the Development of Artisanal Fisheries (WADAF), recently ended in The Gambia. It was held on the theme: “Strengthening good governance of fisheries within the Professional Organisation of Artisanal Fisheries (POAF) in the seven-member countries of the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) West Africa”.
The three-year project aims to enhance the professional and political skills of professional organisations of fishmongers and their autonomy in order to improve their ability to influence public policy fishing in the seven countries covered by the Commission.
The main activity of this project is to continue to strengthen the training of 45 fishmongers, fish traders and processors from POAF. Overall, the training modules are five, three of which are already developed during the first phase of the project.
Addressing the gathering, Moussa Mbengue the Executive Secretary of WADAF, thanked participants for being part of such an important training, revealing that the training followed a similar regional workshop.
He explained that the training falls within the framework of the action plan of the second semester, which is from July-November 2016.
Mbengue emphasised that the training of fisheries stakeholders in general and the artisanal sector in particular is a precondition for their effective participation in public fisheries policies and the sustainability of fisheries.
by Samba Jawo