Delegation of the European Union to Somalia

The European Union hands over refrigerated trucks as part of the EU funded Coastal Communities Against Piracy (CCAP) project

28/01/2021 - 12:30
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With the longest coastline in mainland Africa, Somalia has a huge potential for economic and job opportunities in the fisheries sector

 

With the longest coastline in mainland Africa, Somalia has a huge potential for economic and job opportunities in the fisheries sector. While the sector is estimated to account for 1% of Somalia’s Gross Domestic Product, it is ready for investment and capacity building to generate income and enhance food security for the coastal communities across Somalia.

Improving and modernizing the fisheries sector is an important component of the European Union’s work in Somalia. The objective is to tackle food insecurity but also to generate employment, especially for youths, who are at risk of being recruited into piracy.

One of the projects the EU has funded in recent years is the “No Piracy: Alternatives for Youth Living in Coastal Communities of Puntland, Galmudug and Mogadishu ”. The aim of the project is to contribute to the creation of sustainable skilled employment among the youth living in coastal communities by increasing access to currently untapped marine fisheries resources through a number of activities.

The project, which started in 2016 with a funding of €5.3 million, is implemented by FAO Somalia together with the Federal and State Ministries of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), City University (Mogadishu), DEH Relief Somalia, Help Leads to Hope (HLH), One Earth Foundation, and Puntland Livestock Professional Association (PULPA).

Here are some of the noteworthy goals that have been accomplished so far:

  1. Over 200 fishermen benefitted directly from training in areas ranging from fishing and fish handling, to engine and vessel repair. Using the Lead Fishermen approach, graduates keep sharing their new found skills locally and informally;
  2. Over 50 female fish processors/traders benefitted from trainings in areas such as net repair and maintenance, fish drying and processing, and fish preparation;
  3. A harmonised system of recording fish catch landings in 6 locations was designed and implemented;
  4. The project handed over 9 refrigerated vehicles and will be operated through a PPP, allowing communities to bring their fish products safely to the market;
  5. Solar powered chest refrigerators were provided to 30 female headed households in support of female small business owners and operators;
  6. Through the project, 27 new vessels were built and handed over. The project has supported a process of fleet renewal in the ageing Somali fishing fleet through the design, construction and introduction in Somalia of new types of fishing vessel;
  7. 6 solar powered flake ice machines (300 kgs/day) with power generation and storage systems, have been handed over to support fisheries cold chain at remote landing sites;
  8. Specific fishing packages (gear and safety equipment) are being distributed to over 325 fishermen;
  9. 45 outboard engines are being distributed to young or new entrants to the fishing business with access to other fishing assets, to allow them to grow their business;
  10. New hydraulic fishing gears have been installed on 7 privately owned vessels as part of a programme encouraging technical change within the fish capture sector;
  11. A range of advocacy activities were completed with coastal communities to raise awareness of the dangers of piracy;
  12. Three technical feasibility/infrastructure/environmental studies were supported by the Project: in Garad, Hobyo and Mogadishu (ongoing).
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