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: