History of AWFISHNET
The African Network of Women Fish Processors and Traders (AWFISHNET) is a continental network of women fish processor and trader that draws its members from African Union countries. Our members are the national associations of women fish workers. The idea to establish this network was conceived during the consultative workshop of women fish workers that was held in April 2017 in Dar es salaam Tanzania, after learning that we all face similar struggles. Over 91% of women in Africa involved in the fisheries sector are engaged in the post-harvest segments of the value-chain specifically handling, processing and trade; for these women, fish processing and trade is the major source of their family’s livelihood.
This network is envisaged to provide a platform for women fish processors and traders on the
continent to collaborate and cooperate, Share best practices, experiences, technologies and learning together. Also to advocate for issues affecting their activities and facilitate enabling policy environment to enhance their role in the fisheries sector on the continent and strengthen their role as SME and hence expand their market and marketing opportunities, resulting in improved intra-regional African fish trade that contribute to food security and nutrition.