Current partnerships: Globefish/Infofish
Reliable market information is essential for countries trying to and expand trade. For fisheries, FAO has established the FISHINFONetwork, a global network comprised of 7 independent intergovernmental and governmental organizations, plus the FAO-based GLOBEFISH unit. Created to assist the fisheries sector, particularly in developing countries and countries in transition, the network provides assistance to both the private industry and governments. This ranges from implementing multilateral and bilateral projects to producing publications, providing up-to-date information on markets and prices, bringing buyers and sellers together at international conferences, and to training industry and government workers on quality requirements of the main markets.
Fifty national governments have signed international agreements with the different FISHINFONetwork organizations and are using their expertise in developing the fisheries sector worldwide. EUROFISH, the most recent group to join FISHINFONetwork, has a five-phase Investment Partnership Programme which includes project identification and viability assessments, as well as assistance to entrepreneurs with business plan development, partnership negotiations and management. Fisheries-related companies financially support the system and directly benefit from its information and technical advice.
Potential buyers inspect fresh fish on display at a market in Oman