Enhancing Small-Scale Coastal Fisheries Livelihoods in Nusa Tenggara Timur Province through Improved Processing and Marketing

What and why?

From late 2010 to mid 2013 the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia carried out a strategy to improve post-harvest processing, handling and marketing of fisheries and aquatic products by certain coastal communities in Indonesia’s Nusa TenggaraTimur province. This formed part of RFLP’s overall strategy to enhance livelihoods for fishers and their families while improving resource co-management.

The strategy in a nutshell

RFLP supported intensive efforts to improve the processing and marketing practices of a relatively small number of pilot processor groupsalong the entire value and marketing chains. This was complemented by enhanced management of a key landing site and increased awareness of hygiene and sanitation issues. Underpinning the strategy was the training of a cadre of local and provincial government staff, NGOs and fisheries education institution members to help build capacity within communities and to ensure sustainability.

 

 

Key achievements

Major lessons learned include:

  • Importance of beneficiary selection.
  • The need to encompass the entire value and market chain.
  • The need for ongoing mentoring and to build local capacity.
  • That prior expertise in fisheries is not always necessary.
  • The importance of involving NGOs and educational institutions (not only government staff).
  • The need for management plans before carrying out infrastructure improvements.

Key documents are available to download

Executive summary (2 pages): Enhancing Small-Scale Coastal Fisheries Livelihoods in Nusa Tenggara Timur Province through Improved Processing and Marketing (2013, 500kb)

Full Report: Enhancing Small-Scale Coastal Fisheries Livelihoods in Nusa Tenggara Timur Province through Improved Processing and Marketing (2013, 2mb)

Case study: Seaweed for a better life (2012, 1.5mb)