Fishery Project: Livelihood Development

Location Ceel Garde, Barbera, Somalia  
Aim  Engage as many youth and women as possible in the fishing industry
Encourage sustainable entrepreneurial and quality improvements for fresh and processed fish for local consumption
Contribute to household food security and the alleviation of rural poverty
Results  Increase disposable incomes
Revitalize local economies
Better livelihoods for urban and pastoral populations at coastal areas
Partners  Human Concern International 

The overall  goal of the project implementation is to contribute to household food security and the alleviation of rural poverty, in line with the major development priorities of the fish sector  to raise production and productivity of artisanal fishers through a provision of basic equipment, materials, loans, and training. The fish project in Berebera district targeted existing artisanal fishers including rural youths, women in the fish sector, boats owners and traders in the project area, who were greatly needed support to enhance their livelihoods and develop their capacity.

The project focuses on reducing poverty and food insecurity among the coastal fishing community by training them in modern fishing techniques, equipping them with a provision of spare parts to fishing boats, distribution of fishing gears/cooling refrigerators with a solar system and building their capacity to market their catch domestically. For the first phase of the project, the project established a functional cooperative system to improve access to fishers to credit and inputs and empower them to play a greater role in fish processing, marketing, and production.


DSC04493.JPGProject activities

  • Community mobilization and outreach
  • Capacity building training
  • Distribution of fishing Gears , Accessories, and Cooling Equipment/Materials)
  • Training on Group forming and Business Management
  • Training workshop  on loan management  and saving  for women groups
  • Distribution of cooling boxes and refrigerators with a solar system 
  • Training workshop on fish hygiene and sanitation
  • Training for women fish cooking and marketing skills
  • Public Awareness raising/campaigns on Reducing Marine garbage disposal


Target population

The target population as the approval proposal was 60 households from Ceel Garde coastal community and Berbera town, but the actual population served by the project is 85 households (40 fishermen from Ceel garde and 45 women in fish selling and marine sanitation workers from Berbera town as direct beneficiaries of the project.  There are also more than 425 persons who benefited from the project indirectly


Project impact

  • Project enhanced women`s role in a fish sector and created of interaction between women and fishermen compared to non-targeted areas. through inputs, training workshops and extension services compared to baseline
  • Fishermen's cooperatives/associations strengthened which are important actors in the fish value chain.
  • Creation of  daily employment and food security increased
  • Fishing good practices skills and knowledge increased through training
  • Fish production and quality of fish product preservation were enhanced and volume of fish caught per fishing trip increased from 500 kgs to 1200kgs per trip compared to initial baseline survey through distributing of fishing gears with necessary cooling facilities and motors for fishing boats and training.
  • Marine protection enhanced through public awareness, garbage collection and project visibility and installation of billboards against garbage dumping into sea water. 
  • Enhanced community empowerment and awareness raising on marine environment threat concerns, through training workshops, installation of street billboards, distribution of T-shirts, manuals/booklets and garbage collection and audience of mass media.
  • Overall, fishermen’s households reported eating and consuming fish food products increased significantly compared to households in other non-targeted project areas.
  • Refrigerators with solar system saved fuel consumption of electricity, quality of fish products conservation and increased sales income of the beneficiaries. Solar freezers system in remote areas also preserved fish for a long time and thus saved them from fish losses and by having to sell at normal prices.
  • The fishing community in Ceel garde tended to keep some proportion of their catch for their own consumption 20%, while they sell their surplus fish to local traders (80%) and a network of fish supply chain created.
  • Adequate sea food readily available for consumption and mitigate community food shortage and nutrition
  • Household`s Income and production and their employment on daily basis was also increased significantly compared to baseline survey and non-targeted areas 



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