FISH4ACP

Unlocking the potential
of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

Frequently Asked Questions

What does FISH4ACP do?

What does FISH4ACP do?

FISH4ACP aims to tackle some of the key challenges to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. These include low economic performance, limited market access and poor social and environmental sustainability.

The programme is focused onenhancing the productivity and competitiveness of fisheries and aquaculture value chains, while ensuring that economic improvements go hand in hand with environmental sustainability and social inclusiveness.

What activities does FISH4ACP carry out?

What activities does FISH4ACP carry out?

During its first phase FISH4ACP will conduct detailed assessments of the twelve value chains involved in the programme and develop plans for their improvement. The rest of the programme, from years 2-5, will be dedicated to implementing these plans.

The programme focuses on:

  • helping actors understand and improve their value chains
  • opening up new markets for small and medium enterprises and improving the business and regulatory environment
  • improving working conditions along the value chain
  • making value chains more environmentally sustainable
  • helping businesses access additional sources of finance and investment.

Why is FISH4ACP important?

Why is FISH4ACP important?

Fisheries and aquaculture are growing in most of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. However, growth has been slow and the benefits do not always reach the communities that rely on them for their livelihoods and food security. In addition, poor fisheries and aquaculture practices can put stress on the environments in which they operate.

In that context, fisheries and aquaculture ministers of African, Caribbean and Pacific states see an urgent need to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of fish value chains, while ensuring long-term sustainability and social inclusiveness.

How many value chains are covered by FISH4ACP?

How many value chains are covered by FISH4ACP?

FISH4ACP covers twelve value chains in twelve African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

AFRICA

Cameroon – shrimp

Côte d’Ivoire – farmed tilapiaù

Gambia – oyster

Nigeria – farmed catfish

São Tomé and Príncipe – pelagics

Senegal – oyster

Tanzania – Lake Tanganyika sprat, sardine and lates

Zambia – small lake pelagics

Zimbabwe – farmed tilapia

CARIBBEAN

Dominican Republic – mahi-mahi

Guyana – Atlantic seabob

PACIFIC

Marshall Islands – tuna

How were the value chains covered by FISH4ACP selected?

How were the value chains covered by FISH4ACP selected?

The twelve value chains involved in FISH4ACP were selected through a call for proposals issued by the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) in April 2019. Of the 70+ proposals received, 24 were shortlisted based on a thorough and rigorous assessment by FAO in coordination with the OACPS and the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (DG DEVCO). These proposals were assessed through a series of four regional workshops (one in the Pacific, one in the Caribbean, and two in Africa for Anglophone and Francophone countries). A set of selection criteria were used to gauge the economic, social and environmental feasibility and potential for impact. From these assessments, the final twelve value chains were selected.

Are there any plans to cover more value chains?

Are there any plans to cover more value chains?

At this stage, the FISH4ACP project has a budget to cover twelve value chains.

How can a specific fish sector or value chain in a country benefit from or participate in the FISH4ACP programme?

How can a specific fish sector or value chain in a country benefit from or participate in the FISH4ACP programme?

At this stage, the FISH4ACP project has a budget to cover 12 value chains and the coverage of additional value chains would require additional funding.  Other value chains can benefit from knowledge exchange between Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries, which is an objective of FISH4ACP. Knowledge sharing activities will be organised during the course of the project to ensure that the benefits reach beyond the twelve value chains involved.   

How will the results of the FISH4ACP project be shared?

How will the results of the FISH4ACP project be shared?

All results of the project will be made available on the FISH4ACP website and promoted via a newsletter, social media and email communication. FISH4ACP also aims to host public online events to update participants on its achievements The first event, a FISH4ACP virtual tour, was held in July 2020. A great deal of attention will be devoted to sharing the knowledge in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries by taking part in sub-regional and international events. The FISH4ACP team is happy to respond to any queries related to value chain improvement processes in fisheries and aquaculture and will be happy to take part in value chain capacity building activities to the extent possible.