Closing Ceremony National Association of Fisher Folk Cooperatives

Participants at the training

Participants at the training

On January 20th through to January 21st, the National Association of Fisher Folk Cooperatives (NAFCOOP) convened a training programme for its members, directed at strengthening Caribbean fisher-folk to participate in governance and management.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the two day workshop, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), Technical Officer, Keisha Sandy, noted one of the common complaints was that fisher-folk did not have a voice.

The committee therefore embarked on a four year project, funded by the European Union (EU), to target the Caribbean network of fisher-folks down to the ordinary fishermen in an attempt to develop their own voice and to be heard in governance.

 

 

Participants at the training

Participants at the training

This project was launched last year February in Guyana and will be spearheaded by 8 member countries.

CANARI has also earmarked resources amounting to Euros 100,000 to design and implement small grants programmes to support activities by fisher-folk networks in the 17 member countries.

The minimum amount that a country can apply for is Euro 1,000 and Euro 10,000 maximum.

Meanwhile, Mr. Bernard Sebastien, Business Consultant, says the small grants programme can be used on new cooperatives to bring them to a level of self-sustainability.

 

 

Participants at the training

Participants at the training

“We would expect that some of the resources could be provided and utilised, to enable some of the affiliated fisheries cooperatives to be brought to a level of self-sustainability”, he stated, inviting new cooperatives to join.

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