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Sustainable and Inclusive Fisheries and Livelihoods (SIFAL)

In Cambodia, the Sustainable and Inclusive Fisheries in the Great Lake (SIFAL) project aims to increase the organisational and technical capacities of multiple stakeholders in Kampong Thom and Kampong Chnnang provinces. ICCO's specific activities focus on ensuring increased opportunities for fishermen in the two provinces to develop aquaculture and alternative livelihoods.

  • Location
  • Start project
    2016
  • Projectstatus
    Active
  • ID: NL-KVK-56484038-110065-1
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Background

Communities in Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom have relied on catching wild fish as a source of income or as a supplement to other farm activities for most of their lives; although in more recent years this source has become increasingly more competitive and unsustainable. Having relied on this form of livelihood, communities have had little experience and exposure to other livelihood activities, such as aquaculture, and fishermen have also had little opportunity to build on the skills needed to develop alternative livelihoods, such as assessing market opportunities and access to credit.

As communities continue to face challenges with relying on catching wild fish, introducing alternative livelihoods (including aquaculture) provides a good opportunity to improve the situation of individual fishers as well as to protect the existing fish stock.
Sustainable and Inclusive Fisheries and Livelihoods (SIFAL)

Goals overview

The Sustainable and Inclusive Fisheries and Livelihoods on the Great Lake (SIFAL) project aims to increase the organisational and technical capacities of Community Fisheries (CFi), CSOs, local authorities and decentralized governmental bodies for the implementation of good governance and management of fisheries and better livelihoods in Kampong Thom and Kampong Chhnang. By improving fisheries and developing alternative livelihoods the goal is to reduce poverty by providing the community with increased and sustainable income generating resources.

ICCOs specific key output is to ensure that farmers in Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom have increased opportunities to develop aquaculture and alternative livelihoods.
1. Alternative livelihoods: ICCO supports fishermen to develop aquaculture and alternative livelihoods in three ways: 1. Local chicken raising, 2. Black sesame farming and 3. Aquaculture.
2. Loan and Savings: Fishermen seeking to diversify their income are often unable to access credit. This is particularly the case for the poorest fishers who are less likely to have the collateral required. ICCO supports existing small-scale saving groups to set up Loan and Saving programs, thereby training local youth to gain experience in financial management as well.
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