Around sixty women artisanal fishworkers from 16 African countries are expected in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, this Sunday 18 November, for a three day conference organised by the African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing Organisations, CAOPA, with the collaboration and support of its partners SSNC, EED, ICSF, REJOPRAO and CFFA. This Conference aims at gathering women’s views and putting forward their proposals on how to improve the contribution of fisheries to food security in Africa. The Conference will be introduced by a video message from Olivier de Schutter, the United Nations Special rapporteur on the Right to Food, addressed to the women participants. The participants proposals will feed into in a series of processes affecting the future of African small scale fishing communities, in particular the FAO process for developing international guidelines for securing sustainable small scale fisheries. The results of the conference will also be presented during the celebration of the World Fisheries day, in Abidjan, on November 21st 2012.
Participating countries: Tunisia, Mauritania, Sénégal, Cape verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Mali, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Congo, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso.
Source: www.cape-cffa.org (French version)