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SAIMI and FADI empower Eastern and Western Cape subsistence fishers in South Africa July 25,2019   |  Source: R News

Entrepreneurship training is bringing a ray of hope to subsistence fishing communities in marginalised coastal areas of the Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa, equipping them with the business skills to better operate in the fishing sector as well as accessing alternative income opportunities beyond fishing.

The Alternative Livelihoods Project by the Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Institute (FADI), funded by the SA International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), will also provide training in construction skills, enabling fishers not to be solely reliant on increasingly uncertain income from fishing, and easing pressure on South Africa’s declining fish stocks.

Launched in June-July in Ocean View (Cape Town), Kenton-on-Sea (Eastern Cape) and Saldanha Bay, the project will benefit up to 90 fishers, 30 in each area, with a wider positive impact on food security and poverty alleviation for their families and communities, FADI project manager Sulaiman Appoles said.

SAIMI research associate Akhona Baninzi said SAIMI had partnered with FADI on the project because it aligned with “our goal to support maritime skills and capacity-building towards a diversified and sustainable oceans economy”.

The project includes training in practical entrepreneurship skills

 

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