To enhance social, economic and environmentally sustainable management of small-scale fisheries in Zambia.

To improve livelihoods and food security of vulnerable small-scale fishing communities in Zambia, the ECOFISH-ActionAid project builds capacity, provides equipment and set up guidelines for the fishers.

In this context, the project provided the following supports to date:

  • 70 Community Fisheries Committees for each of the 7 districts have been set up
  • leadership building of fishers reached out 4, 660 fishers. 309 of them have now leadership position in the committees.
  • 3, 845 fishers were trained in sustainable management of fisheries
  • 896 people were trained in integrated fishing and farming
  • Capacity of 84 government extension workers were built
  • 389 fishers were trained in gender sensitive access to markets
  • 441 peer community volunteers were trained as trainers in value addition
  • 4, 758 community level fisheries committee members and 40 fishery officers were trained in security of tenure and FAO voluntary guidelines
  • 2, 440 fishers were trained in rights and control over water fisheries resources

Cooler boxes and solar refrigerators were procured as part of the process in piloting gender responsive facilities

  • Three (3) research studies have been conducted: a baseline survey, a research on preservation of fish, and a value chain analysis
  • A fisheries co-management manual was developed and is used in Zambia. This manual is the first of its kind in Zambia.


  • Situational analysis

    scoping and mapping exercise in process

  • Baseline study to be carried out by MEG Associates (Management, Environment and Governance Consultants)
  • All 70 Community Fisheries Committees for each of the 7 districts have been set up.
  • 40 ou of 140 identified Fisheries Community Leaders have been trained in Leadership Building so that they cascade to other members of the village committees.


  • Enhanced livelihoods and food security of vulnerable small-scale fishing communities through sustainably managed small-scale fisheries.

  • Women and youth small-scale fishers have strengthened capacities in value addition of fish and access to markets resulting in their increased contribution to sustainable growth, including to SDGs.
  • Small-scale fishers, especially women and youth, are better able to advocate for adoption and implementation of national and regional policy and legal frameworks that favour sustainable management of fisheries resources, including security of tenure.


  • Establish and strengthen women and youth fishers’ platforms

  • Leadership building of the fishers
  • Trainings on sustainable management of fisheries including restocking of fish through the department of fisheries
  • Research on preservation of fish
  • Trainings on integrated fishing and farming
  • Capacitating 84 government extension workers
  • Trainings on gender sensitive access to markets to 70 Community Level Fisheries Committees
  • 14 training of trainers on value addition to 420 peer community volunteers
  • Piloting gender responsive facilities
  • Capacitate small-scale fishers on security of tenure and FAO Voluntary guidelines on Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
  • Capacity building for women and youth fishers on rights and control over water and fisheries resources
  • Advocacy for a harmonised fisheries policy
  • Engaging Cross border Traders on fisheries and advocate with private sector value chain actors