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Research and capacity development to support livelihood and food security and safety in African Coastal Communities
by Fisheries Training Programme under the auspices of UNESCO (United Nations entity)
Fisheries Training Programme under the auspices of UNESCO (FTP), supported by its main sponsor, the Government of Iceland, pledges to continue to provide scientific and technological knowledge in its search for sustainability in the use of fisheries and aquaculture. Essential areas of emphasis in making sustainable fisheries possible are research and education in policy making, fisheries sector development, stock assessment, fish handling and processing, and aquaculture which is a key growth area. It is crucial to focus considerable effort in developing countries in all these areas.

Achieving SDG 14, on the oceans and its resources, is important to several other SDGs. The Fisheries Training Programme is working towards more intersectoral projects, thereby making contributions to reducing hunger and poverty, providing a good education for men and women, reducing inequality, ensuring safe resilient lives and lifestyles for both men and women. These are all important actions that have been undertaken by past fellows of our six months post-graduate training in Iceland, as they have returned to their positions across 50 countries over the last 20 years. Evaluation activities have highlighted critical areas of development and the improvements in the next fifteen years will come from close cooperation between specialists in Iceland and elsewhere. Partnerships have been developed in research and training and both Iceland and partner countries commit themselves to the sustainability of one of the most precious resources, fisheries, available to society. Furthering the expertise and knowledge of fisheries specialists in a broad and diverse global network will put sustainable fisheries within reach in both developing and developed countries.

In many low-income countries, small scale fisheries are of particular importance for food security and livelihoods. There is a large potential to improve the economic value, nutritional quality, and food safety in these areas. For the past several years, FTP has been developing and promoting improved processing methods for preservation of small pelagic fish, which are particularly perishable, including salting, smoking, and drying. FTP will continue to work towards developing appropriate technologies, adaptation by fishing communities, and product marketing. This commitment aims to address SDG 14.7. Through research and capacity building activities in African LICs where fisheries are an important resource, FTP will invite fisheries professionals to participate in six months post-graduate training in Iceland. Also, FTP will collaborate with partner organizations to develop custom made training courses to be offered in-country. These will target resource managers, trainers, and practitioners.
Progress reports
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Other : Capacity building
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
December 2022
Fisheries professoinals from LICs in Africa will be invited to six month post graduate training in Iceland in fisheries. A minimum of four per year for five years.
December 2022
Short courses will be developed and delivered in partner countries in cooperation with local institutions. A minimum of three courses over a period of five years
Financing (in USD)
1,500,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff of FTP will contribute with technical knowledge and organisation
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2018 - December 2022
Fisheries Training Programme under the auspices of UNESCO
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Tumi Tomasson, Senior adviser, tumi@unftp.org, +354 895 9807
Reykjavik, Iceland
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