Thursday 23 February, Mathew Armah, CEO of the Western Region Coastal Foundation, and Gifty Baaba Asmah, Executive Director of Daasgift, came together to sign a MOU covering areas of cooperation for the two charities.

The Western Region Coastal Foundation partners with Daasgift Quality Foundation to support fish farmers in the Western Region

Thursday 23 February, Mathew Armah, CEO of the Western Region Coastal Foundation, and Gifty Baaba Asmah, Executive Director of Daasgift, came together to sign a MOU covering areas of cooperation for the two charities.

The project builds on recent work by both organisations in the area of fish farming and smoking, and will broadly focus on four areas. They will work together to support a scale up of catfish farming in the Western Region, as well as broader opportunities for livelihood interventions and access to finance. The two organisations have also committed to work on increasing market contacts and linkages for the fish farmers, and improving current catfish smoking processes to meet food and health standards. Although fish farmers are predominantly male, smoking and market links are areas in which women are more commonly employed, and will improve women’s economic prospects as well.

Matthew Armah, WRCF CEO explains, “This MOU is a great opportunity for us to scale up our work on aquaculture and ensure that the trainings and inputs we have provided for fish farmers in the region turn into sustainable economic development and livelihoods diversification. Daasgift has already worked with local fish-sellers and village women to improve fish smoking standards, and they can now combine their existing market with the production and capacity of the fish farming associations WRCF has been working with.”

Both organisations have become known in recent years for their innovative and unique models, each in their own fields. WRCF works across a wide range of actors in local communities, government, and industry to translate community concerns into opportunities for economic development, while Daasgift specialises in the provision of microfinance loans and other help to vulnerable women and girls. Both organisations focus their activities on Ghana’s Western Region and combine climate consciousness with poverty reduction and wealth creation.

WRCF’s aquaculture pilot has trained four existing fish farming associations in Ellembelle and Jomoro districts and over 183 farmers altogether. Working with Daasgift and other partners, WRCF is now examining opportunities to scale up this work and provide more sustainable sources of income for the people living along the coast in the Western Region. For more information and partnership proposals, please contact WRCF’s Private Sector Development Lead, Andrew Akoto at Andrew_Akoto@dai.com.

For more information, pictures, case studies and interviews, please contact:
Oswald Felli, WRCF Communications Manager, +233 20 784 5941, oswald_felli@dai.com

Full grown catfish are weighed and measured

Full grown catfish are weighed and measured

NOTES TO THE EDITOR:

The Western Region Coastal Foundation (WRCF) is an innovative programme that encourages an effective dialogue between oil, gas, and power (OGP) companies, other extractive industry actors, local communities, and the government in six districts in the Western Region of Ghana, to identify and resolve issues facing these communities. WRCF leverages stakeholder financial and in-kind contributions and corporate social investments through a market systems development approach to address stability and socio-economic development concerns of communities.

Daasgift Quality Foundation is a Ghanaian Community Development and Micro Finance Organization empowering the needy, with a focus on women.

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