The COMHAFAT countries

In Africa, women dominate the post-capture sector for small-scale fisheries. It is they who buy, process and sell the catch of fishers. Organised into professional groups in their countries, these women, who come from the 22 member states of the Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States Bordering the Atlantic (COMAHFAT), have launched RAFEP, a network for women in fisheries, based in Senegal.

Faced with the challenge of declining stocks due to uncontrolled overfishing in Africa, the network aims to develop sustainable fishing in the area. It also plans to help members improve access to markets.

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