Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries

in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

Indonesia

 

Indonesia is not only the world’s largest archipelagic state, featuring small-scale fisheries with a wide range of varying characteristics; it is also one of the two Asian countries that are included in the FAO project titled “Implementing the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines for Gender-Equitable and Climate-Resilient Food Systems and Livelihoods”, funded by the Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM). In Indonesia, small-scale fisheries provide close to 90 percent of all aquatic products captured. Small-scale fishing activities are crucial to the lives and livelihoods of many and are an important source of nutrition and food security.

In Indonesia, the project is designed to contribute to the food and livelihood security of smallholders and their households, by integrating them into agricultural value chains that would link them to new market opportunities, particularly for fish-based products. To do so, the project conducts feasibility assessments and facilitates policy dialogues to support the promotion, design and implementation of good manufacturing practices accessible to small-scale fisheries stakeholders.

In addition, assessments through primary data collection on the local resources available – including raw materials and financial support, existing working conditions, product design and potential market opportunities for the intended products – are being planned. The results of these assessments will be the basis for capacity development trainings for small-scale fisheries organizations and key stakeholders, to either pilot new post-harvest handling activities among small-scale fisheries and fishworkers (particularly women) or to enhance existing ones. This is coupled with the enhancement of organizational capacities of local, regional and national organizations, as well as trainings on improved fish processing and business practices.

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