Directives volontaires visant à assurer la durabilité de la pêche artisanale
dans le contexte de la sécurité alimentaire et de l'éradication de la pauvreté

National workshop on Social protection and Fisheries in Senegal

04/07/2019 - 04/07/2019 Dakar, Senegal

FAO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, organized a national workshop in Senegal to present and discuss the findings of the first study to evaluate policy and programmatic coherence between fisheries and social protection in Senegal focusing on:

  1. Understanding the socioeconomic characteristics of small scale fisheries in Senegal;
  2. Understanding the specific vulnerabilities of small scale fisheries in the country, and;
  3. Enhancing our knowledge of existing social protection schemes for small scale fisheries (formal and informal social protection).

The objective of this workshop was to discuss and review the findings of this first study, initiate a dialogue around the ILO Work in Fishing Convention (convention 188 - ratified by Senegal) and the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries, as well as present the objective and the methodology of the second and last study, evaluating the coherence between fisheries and social protection policies and programmes.

While this workshop was supposed to be merely technical in nature, it also attracted the participation of high level Government partners, showing their commitment to reduce the poverty and vulnerabilities of small-scale fishers in the country. Indeed, several first advisors of different relevant Ministers have participated and have declared to be committed to work more intensively on this matter: Ministère des Pêches et de l’Economie maritime, Ministère de la Santé et de l’Action sociale, Ministère de la Femme, de la Famille, du Genre et de la Protection des enfants, Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement durable, Ministère du Travail, du Dialogue social, des Organisations professionnelles et des Relations avec les institutions, among others.

The second study will be finalized by August/September 2019,  a higher level national workshop to discuss and validate the findings will then happen.

Read more about social protection and fisheries here.