The project goal was to upgrade small-scale fisheries and the fish processing industry in Djibouti, Morocco and Yemen. In particular the project objectives were:

(i) improving the competitiveness of the small-scale fisheries and increasing their contribution to the national economies of the relevant benefitting countries;

(ii) development of value added seafood products (chilled/fresh and frozen) using vacuum packaging technology;

(iii) expansion of the domestic fish market;

(iv) promoting international fish trade;

(v) facilitating access to export markets.

The project achieved positive results; awareness and better understanding of principles of sustainable fishery, respect of basic hygienic rules, as well as notions of fair trade are among the main Project’ s achievements.

The beneficiary cooperatives participating in the project launched small-scale production of value added products, improved handling of fish and in some cases were able to expand their market. Cooperatives in Djibouti and Yemen adopted the Moroccan experience in the organization of small-scale fisheries and for the promotion of fish and fishery products, providing an excellent example of South-South cooperation. Many other countries requested assistance from INFOSAMAK to benefit from this experience.

Three main privately-held companies joined the project as partners: Burum Seafood Company, a Yemeni processor and exporter, MULTIVAC, an international leader in packaging and AUTEC, an international leader in automatized traceability and electronic auctions. The three partner companies have actively participated in all project activities.

The dissemination conferences and workshops organized during the Project lifecycle contributed to enhance the awareness of the local government on the importance of the small fishery sector in more than 20 Arab countries.

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