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Increasing Fisherfolk Incomes Through Group Formation and Enterprise Development in Indonesia - BOBP/REP/60










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    Learning by Doing in Bangladesh - Extension Systems Development for Coastal and Estuarine Fisherfolk Communities - BOBP/REP/65 1994
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    This report describes the process, achievements and learnings of a subproject which set out to learn by doing pilot extension activities, and give direction to the development of a fisheries extension service aimed at the coastal and estuarine small-scale fisherfolk of Bangladesh. The subproject was cleared by the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) in April 1989 and was initiated in the two target districts of Borguna and Patuakhali in July 1989. Along the way, the UNFPA proposed a component aimed s pecifically at enabling the development of women in fishing communities. However, the main phase of the activity could not be funded by UNFPA, and a scaled-down version was incorporated into the subproject in July 1991 by the Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP). The main component of the subproject, consisting of 19 pilot activities, came to an end in December 1992 and the women’s activities came to an end in September 1993. The Bangladesh Department of Fisheries (DOF) was responsible for the ex ecution of the subproject. BOBP provided technical assistance, expertise, training inputs, support for training, grants to establish revolving funds for enterprise development, equipment and monitoring. The training was designed and coordinated by Mr. Md. Shahid Hossain Talukder and provided by a group of Bangladeshi trainers drawn from various nongovernmental organizations.
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    A Radio Programme for Fisherfolk in Sri Lanka - BOBP/REP/53 1992
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    This report describes the process, achievements and learnings of a subproject which set out to introduce a radio programme as a communication and extension tool to help Sri Lankan fisherfolk in their development. The subproject was initiated in January 1988, the radio programme went on the air with daily and weekly programmes in January I989 and has continued since without a break. In March 1992, the subproject was terminated and the responsibility for the programme was assumed by the Ministry o f Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (MFAR) of the Government of Sri Lanka. MFAR was responsible for the execution of the project. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation worked closely with MFAR and provided expertise, training inputs and the services of a senior broadcaster to act as the Team Leader. The Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP) provided technical assistance, support for training, broadcast, production, equipment and monitoring. The Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD) , through their office in Sri Lanka, provided a generous grant to cover some of the training and expertise inputs. World Radio for Environment and Natural Resources (WREN), a media organization in the UK, was contracted to provide the subproject the services of Michael Pickstock who provided the bulk of the training inputs, advice on management, programme design and equipment, and who undertook the evaluation of the activity.
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    Fisheries Extension Services for Coastal Provinces: Learnings from a Project in Ranong, Thailand - BOBP/REP/68 1994
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    This report describes the process, achievements and learnings of a subproject which set out to develop a model for enabling integrated development in selected fishing communities in the Ranong Province of Thailand. While actually providing the services, it was intended to learn simultaneously about the approaches and methods of fisheries extension services that target small-scale fisherfolk communities in coastal provinces. The subproject was conceptualized late in 1985, towards the end of the f irst phase of the Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP), and was to be implemented during the second phase of BOBP which started in 1987. Several preparatory exercises were undertaken during 1985 and 1986 and the implementation of the project initiated late in 1986. The subproject undertook several activities, including technology transfer in the areas of aquaculture and capture fisheries, it provided credit through revolving funds for various fisheries and nonfisheries activities, it promoted ski ll development among women in the hope of enhancing their incomes, it facilitated access to health education and healthcare in remote villages, it helped in the provision of nonformal education, and it enabled fishing communities to gain access to community development programmes of the Government. It even helped some of the villages to create some infrastructure. It finally spent time on trying to extract the learnings from its work and on sharing this learning with the Department of Fisheries (DOF). The Department of Fisheries of Thailand was responsible for the execution of the subproject, and it did so with the cooperation of the government departments responsible for healthcare, non-formal education, cooperatives and community development. The BOBP provided technical assistance, support for some additional staff, training, equipment, credit and monitoring.

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