Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

The United Republic of Tanzania

The United Republic of Tanzania is a frontrunner in the implementation of the SSF Guidelines at country level. Indeed, the country has already taken important steps, namely the development of a National Plan of Action for the Implementation of the SSF Guidelines, reflecting the commitment of the Government to continue to work towards improving the small-scale fisheries sector and the livelihoods of those involved in it. For instance, through the project entitled “Creating an enabling environment for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries”, funded by theSwedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), FAO is also providing support to the development of a National Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in Zanzibar.

In the United Republic of Tanzania, 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), seeks among other things to enhance understanding of the nutritional value of fish for healthy diets. Through this project, FAO will also conduct research in the country on energy-efficient fish processing techniques and on the role of small fish in local livelihoods. The results of this research will be shared in an advocacy campaign. To ensure quality products for consumption and minimize post-harvest losses, the project is supporting the provision of improved post-harvest processing technologies, including construction of hot-air blowing machines.

With the understanding that effective and well-connected organizations are key to improving livelihoods and contributing to the food security and nutrition of its members, FAO is also providing support to local small-scale fisheries associations, such as the Tanzania Women Fish Workers Association (TAWFA), the development of which was also supported by the FAO-NORAD project entitled “Empowering women in small-scale fisheries for sustainable food systems”, by FAO and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), and the abovementioned SIDA project. Among the many activities to support these associations, including the formation of zonal chapters and development of strategic plans, FAO is developing gender mainstreaming guidelines and providing training in organizational development.

Learn more about the SSF Guidelines implementation projects.