CTA announces grants to five institutions to facilitate the scaling up of ICT solutions in ACP countries.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) will fund the next round of mFisheries action research: ICT Integration in Small Scale Fisheries Vertical Value Chain through itsBuilding viable delivery models (BVDM) for ICT for Agriculture in ACP countries initiative. A coordinated and interdependent set of activities will be executed as a structured framework for integrating ICT interventions into the vertical small scale fisheries value chain from fisher to policy maker, with an emphasis on the fisher.
The CTA-funded mFisheries: ICT Integration in Small Scale Fisheries Vertical Value Chain is motivated by the pressing challenges faced by a sector which lies at the intersection of highly-vested, competing interests including subsistence livelihoods; enterprise commerce; extractive and other industries; the environment and marine resources; as well as a broad spectrum of criminal activity, both small and large scale. The planned activities recognize that small scale marine fisheries is generally fraught with significant operational, organizational and capability challenges; and features one of the highest risks to personal safety of all livelihoods.
ICT interventions can yield systemic gains in the sector. This is particularly so for the vertical value chain from operations to policy and the planned activities seek to implement the missing link through the extension, customization and deployment of the existing mFisheries suite in a strategically-significant selection of Caribbean jurisdictions. It seeks to do so within the framework of a novel delivery model; and to report through a set of practical briefs to guide sector managers, policy makers and the development community in the replication, customization and scaling of ICTs in general, and mFisheries in particular, across ACP countries.