Recent Development with Regard to Trade of Fish and Fishery Products from Small-scale Fisheries in Africa Public Deposited

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  • The trade of fish and fish products in Africa is expanding significantly as a function of increased demand for fish in the region and across the world. Several factors which could be attributed to the rising trend include increasing fish consumption due to population growth, health awareness, dwindling production from major traditional fishing nations, trade liberalization policies, harmonization of trade barriers and improved global information flow system. Such factors have indeed created a favorable business environment for increased trade. Africa has a competitive advantage in fisheries business due to the fact that the region produces over 24 percent of global fish landing from inland capture fishery; it has the remaining marine areas having a relatively higher estimated potential yield than production with increase in aquaculture activities. More importantly, the cost of production could be relatively cheaper in Africa compared to a number of other places. On the other hand, marketing of fish beyond national boundaries to meet product specifications and trading requirements of target markets has proved to be a real challenge. Major issues are post-harvest losses, technological innovation, value-addition, distribution, promotion, pricing, non-tariff barriers and entrepreneurship. These are the areas that need to be addressed to en able operators along the production chain secure greater socio-economic benefits. The paper provides a critical analysis of the business environment in Africa on small-scale fish trade, potential technical intervention and strategic marketing techniques that could improve the situation in the context of international fish trade, CCFR and MDGs.
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  • Clifford Edmund, F. et al. Recent Development with Regard to Trade of Fish and Fishery Products from Small-scale Fisheries in Africa. Visible Possibilities: The Economics of Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Trade: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 16-20, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Edited by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2012.
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