The initiative is one of twelve value chains competitively selected from more than seventy-five proposals for implementation under the Program for Sustainable Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains in Countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).
The global initiative aims to support fisheries and aquaculture value chains from 2020 to 2025 with funding of €4 million including technical and administrative support.
During the validation, Musa Drammeh, Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Affairs, described the value chain project as timely, expressing his optimism in promoting investment in fisheries. and aquaculture towards inclusive growth, poverty reduction and improvement. food and nutritional security while ensuring the sustainability of marine and aquatic resources.
Minister Drammeh, however, recalled that improving the change in value of oysters would also encourage sound environmental management attitudes, create jobs and generate foreign exchange through the formalization of oyster exports.
Also speaking at the forum, Moshibudi Rampedi, UN Food and Agriculture Representative, thanked their partners for making the implementation of the project a success.
The programme, she added, exemplifies FAO’s support to The Gambia’s efforts to transform the aquatic food system into engines of employment and social development by improving working conditions, especially for women, as well as as the recovery of the environment and the preservation of natural capital.
Anna Mbenga Cham, Director of Fisheries and Water Resources, said the goal of the fisheries sector is to promote a vibrant fisheries and aquaculture sector through research, sustainable management and development. utilization of fisheries resources that would improve employment and livelihood opportunities, incomes and foreigners. foreign exchange income, food and nutrition as well as the role of the sector in the economic and social development of the country.