Livelihood Enhancement & Economic Development
In 2017 CLICE Foundation secured partnership with DAI to implement the Department for International Development (DFID)-UKaid Market Development Programme in the Niger Delta (MADE) I & II intervention in the Fisheries Sector. The intervention was aimed at driving increased adoption of private sector fabricated improved smoking technologies into the, coastal communities of the Niger Delta region, srengthening the capacity of local processors and facilitating linkages to market for fish processors; particularly fish folks and smoking mammies in Akwa-Ibom and Cross River States whose livelihood largely depends on fishing (Fish capture, processing, marketing and associated services).
The key objective of the intervention activities was to improve the overall standard of living for the fisher folks and local fish processors within the riverine communities by communicating the economic and health benefits of the improved fish smoking technology which would curb the high rate of post-harvest loses from wild captured fish and inefficient traditional methods of fish smoking.
The Cherveron’s Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) intervention in the Aquaculture sector is focused on improving the efficiency and productivity of fish farmers and processors through improved knowledge of best fish farming practices, access to improved processing technology as well as quality input, market, and finance for farmers.
For the current strategic phase which commenced in 2020, PIND engaged CLICE Foundation to leverage her network of support actors it has built over the years to deepen and broaden its impact in the region and to expand its intervention activities to target more community members in the coastal communities. Another key area of focus is to identify and expand successful models and platforms to improve access to finance and market for both farmers and processors as these are key drivers for business expansion.
Chorkor oven and smoking kiln technologies were introduced by PIND as part of the effort to improve the efficiency of fish processors in the Niger Delta region. To sustainably promote the adoption of these technologies, PIND built the capacity of masons and fabricators to enable them to produce and market these technologies commercially. PIND also worked with them and other service providers to carry out demonstrations to stimulate the adoption of the technologies.
CLICE Foundation’s target was to provide technical support to key sector actors, monitor and track activities, reaching 1500 farmers and 800 processors and fisher folks through the promotion of improved technology, adoption of improved practices amongst fish farmers in the region as well as facilitating access to quality fish seeds and finance for farmers and processors across the Niger Delta Region.
In the first quarter, CLICE Foundation provided support in the area of building the capacity of farmers and processors to access finance and linking them to viable sources of finance and inputs in collaboration with market actors and service providers. This was in response to some of the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic in the sector. The sector witnessed an additional 12% increase in the cost of inputs (mainly feed, which constitutes over 70% of production cost). This further increased the cost of farmers’ investment in the sector and also affected their participation in other training activities.
In the second quarter, CLICE Foundation focused its activities on onboarding and supporting new Master Aquaculture Service Providers (MASPs) and Aquaculture Service Providers (ASPs) in the Regions, thus ensuring they are building the capacity of farmers and processors to access finance and linking them to viable sources of finance and inputs in collaboration with market actors and service providers. The quarter saw to an increase in the number of active Service Providers and increased collaboration between Service Providers across States to deliver quality services to farmers and processors in the Region with the experimentation of probiotics and gradual adoption by farmers to enhance growth, reduce mortality for hatchery operators and reduction in the cost of production for farmers. Farmers were also linked to financial institutions and input companies for input loans and financial products to scale production activities by Sombreiro Kapitals. However, the hatchery operators suffered setbacks resulting from the first annual rainfall which increased the alkalinity and PH level of water, thus increasing mortality of fish seeds. However, with the introduction of probiotics, there was a positive result and reduction in mortality.
In the third quarter, CLICE Foundation focused its activities on increasing the number of reach in terms of best practices, pond management training, fish processing, adoption of smoking technology, access to input, market and finance for farmers and processors respectively. CLICE also carried out assessment exercises on technology adoptions to measure the income generation activities of processors as well as access to market.
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