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Monday, 23 October 2017

Marine fisheries catches have been drastically under-reported in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, threatening the marine environment and livelihoods of the local community, reveals a recent study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Marine Science. Actual catches on the islands were an alarming 2.8 times, or 86% higher than that reported to the FAO, and this has very troubling implications. Lead researcher Aylin Ulman, recently based at the Sea Around Us, and her team call for urgent action from policy-makers to ensure the future sustainability of the fishing industry in this archipelago nation.

The coast of West Africa is home to some of the most abundant fishing grounds on the planet. Historically, these rich waters teem with some of the world’s most sought after fish, such as mackerel, marlin, shrimp, sardines, barracuda and more. For thousands of years, coastal West Africans have relied on this plentiful bounty for both sustenance and livelihood. Today illegal fishing has put this ancient relationship in jeopardy and the fate of West Africa’s fishing future now lies in the balance.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI), has introduced master training programme (MTP) for the promotion of cashew value chains in Africa. The programme, which seeks to create a pool of qualified experts along the cashew value chain to facilitate knowledge exchange, learning and innovation within the cashew sector in West Africa and beyond, is also to sustain its support for Ghana’s cashew industry. Mr Fredrick Yaw Alipui, Policy Advisor at the Ministry, said this during the the opening ceremony of the second session of the third edition of the Master Training Programme (MTP3/2) on cashew value chain promotion on Monday in Sunyani.

The private sector and development partners have so far committed $1.7billion for the development of agriculture in the country under the New Alliance and Grow Africa Partnerships. The partnership was an initiative of G8 Summit at L’Aquila, Italy, which was formed to support Africa’s effort towards food and nutrition security. Essentially, it is a partnerships agreement between the government, private sector and development partners on targeted actions needed to promote agriculture investment and consequently food and nutrition security in Nigeria.

The government has provided a great way forward for exporters under its National Export Strategy (NES) initiative, says Green Gold Kava managing director Praveen Narayan. "My small family-owned Fijian owned company knows no bounds and is eager to reach out to the world," he said. Mr Narayan has always promoted his company's aims of "green gold kava globalisation" to his customers locally and overseas. The kava exporting company, based in Savusavu, was one of the 11 successful companies awarded grants last week under the Government's NES initiative.