As ACP countries strive to improve their food security, ICTs and in particular mobile applications provide the small scale fisheries sector with cost-effective tools to overcome major constraints related to governance, value chain development, resource conservation and safety at sea. mFisheries of the University of West Indies based in Trinidad and Tobago will share their experience and views on capacity development for collaborative design, development, deployment and evaluation of mobile solutions for low-income earners. From the same region, the Caribbean Network of Fisher Folk Organizations will present how it has been fostering and supporting the use of mobile applications by its members to get timely and accurate information on marketing and weather and to improve the overall governance of the fishing sector at a moment when fish stocks are dwindling. A case study by the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute will describe and draw lessons from the provision of real time fish market information to fisher community through convenient, fast and cheap ICTs solutions. Finally, a presentation from Malawi will show how effectively video can be used in extension work through the example of the utilisation of hyphaena crinite fruits to improve fish quality and mitigate deforestation.
Terrence Phillips is the manager of the Coastal and Marine Governance and Livelihoods Programme of the Caribbean Natural Resource Institute (CANARI).
Terrence joined CANARI after a distinguished career in fisheries governance and management across the Caribbean, starting with his work in the Fisheries Department in his native Guyana to recent work in the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).