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Tunisia-Italy: Ciheam Bari inaugurates maritime projects in Djerba

The Nemo Kantara project inaugurated, on May 20, 2022, construction sites for five jetties for the mooring of fishing boats in the governorate of Medenine and the renovation of the Houmt Souk fish market in Djerba.

It is a basic infrastructure that ensures safety at work and quality and hygiene at the service of artisanal fishing communities in southern Tunisia, for the conservation and sustainability of fish stocks.

The ceremony was organized, within the framework of the Nemo Kantara project, by the Italian headquarters of the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (Ciheam) in collaboration with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (Aics). It was held at the Vincci Helios Beach Hotel in Djerba, in the presence of Lorenzo Fanara, Italian Ambassador to Tunisia, Andrea Senatori, Director of the Italian Development Cooperation Agency (Aics), Faouzi Ben Hamida, CEO of the Ports and Fishing Facilities Agency (Apip), Said Ben Zayed, Governor of Medenine, Ammar Jemai, Head of the Regional Agricultural Development Commission (CRDA) of Medenine, Chokri Zairi, Cooperation Representative at the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Hamadi Mejri, representative of the Directorate General for Fisheries and Aquaculture (DGPA), Fatma Tlili, representative of the Coastal Protection and Development Agency (Apal ), Alberto Dragotta, and Stefano Carbonara from Ciheam Bari, the representatives of the 5 delegations concerned by the jetties, the Mayor of Houmt Souk and the mayors of the beneficiary communities, as well as representatives of the partners involved in the project (Apa l, Apip, CRDA, district manager, Gipp, Avfa).

The Nemo Kantara project (Stabilization and socio-economic development of Tunisian coastal regions) is funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Maeci)/Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS), through AICS. With a total envelope of 5,000,000 euros, over a period of three years, the project is implemented by Ciheam Bari, in close collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Hydraulic Resources.

Strengthen fish producer organizations

In addition to the construction of jetties and the renovation of the fish market, the project aims to strengthen fish producer organizations and institutional actors in Gabès and Médenine, with a view to creating synergies for a sustainable management of natural resources and to improve the competitiveness of fishing operators.

Other interventions are planned aimed at improving infrastructure and services, diversifying production activities to provide new opportunities for young people and women, and ensuring integrated and sustainable development, work safety and skills. economic.

Thanks to the jetties, it is in fact possible to guarantee the proximity of the embarkation and disembarkation facilities, which are fundamental not only for the socio-economic development of artisanal fishermen, but also for the enhancement of the fishing industry in terms of quality and hygiene, for the strengthening of the country’s food security and for the preservation of the cultural heritage of the coastal communities.

Thus, the project has identified sites, with road access, located very close to fishing communities and GDAPs.

Improving the capacity of artisanal fisheries

In order to improve the capacity of artisanal fisheries to offer a product that meets health requirements, the restructuring of the wholesale fish market in Houmet Souk has been included in the work program.

Indeed, an initial assessment of market needs has already been carried out with members of the Medenine CTR and experts from Ciheam Bari, in agreement with the veterinary services and the municipality of Houmt Souk, the DGPA and Apip, for the market management in accordance with Tunisian regulations.

The Houmt Souk market represents a fundamental and necessary first step to guarantee the safety and traceability of fishery products for the benefit of consumers.

The initiatives of the Nemo Kantara project are aimed at stakeholders in the fisheries sector (local authorities, schools and training centres, as well as informal groups of fishermen and end consumers) with the aim of improving production methods and sustainable consumption to ensure positive and sustainable economic growth.

More than 250 people have so far participated in training courses, held in Italy and Tunisia, on coastal development, micro-enterprise management, laboratory techniques and business creation.

The realization of the project activities is possible thanks to the collaboration and support of the Italian Cooperation and the efforts of the Tunisian institutional counterparts, despite the constraints imposed globally by the pandemic.

According to press release.

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