Community-Driven Development

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Client: Fisheries Commission

Brief Description:

The marine and freshwater bodies of Ghana are well endowed with fishery resources which provide sustainable economic opportunities for the country. These resources have, in the past, contributed modestly to socio-economic ends comprising food security, employment, poverty reduction, growth in GDP, incomes, foreign exchange earnings and wealth generation. There are various interests, groups and actors who are diversely associated with the fisheries in Ghana. However, in recent times, the sector is unable to contribute significantly to these socio-economic needs as anticipated by the stakeholders.

Various interventions have been implemented to support the sector to ensure its sustenance and prevention from collapse, including, the “Draft National Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy” developed by the then Ministry of Fisheries and the Republic of Ghana Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Plan- a result of government approach to the World Bank for technical support to identify issues and recommendations for improving the clarity and focus of the draft fisheries policy.

The plan is grounded on the economic development objective which overarches the policy and focuses on wealth creation reflected in the profitability of the nation’s fishery. The plan:

  • actualises the social, economic and sustainability objectives of the policy by providing management and development strategies that will enable the sector to recover and focus on wealth creation
  • ensures that fisheries management costs are sustainable and that the sector overall makes fiscal contribution to government revenue.
  • is sensitive to the retaining Ghana as the landing and processing hub of the West Africa tuna industry.

Taking cognizance of the sensitive nature and attitudes associated with the management of the fisheries, it is necessary to subject the draft policy and draft development plan, and the thought processes that informed them, to stakeholder and public discussions, scrutiny, comprehension, critique and feedback for fine tuning in order to get their buy-in acceptability and support.

PDA is facilitating the consultation workshops for the Fisheries Commission.  A total of 10 workshops are being organized for the various stakeholders across  the country.
Contact person:
Tony Dogbe: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.