OEF's Secure Fisheries program hosted the 2019 Somalia Fisheries Forum in Garowe, Somalia. Building off the success and excitement generated by the 2017 Somalia Fisheries Forum, SFF 2019 explored tangible ways to build a successful and sustainable fishing sector that provides long-term food and economic security for Somalis. General topics include leveraging human capital through workshops and trainings, building and expanding the fisheries supply chain, improving sustainable and effective fisheries management, and promoting partnerships to enhance good practices, expertise, and knowledge.
Somali stakeholders from fishing businesses, academia, government, and civil society came together for SFF 2019 to explore tangible ways to build a successful and sustainable fishing sector that provides long-term food and economic security.
The forum exhibited the strength of Somalia’s fishing sector and businesses with full support and sponsorship from Somali organizations. It was an example of the importance of public–private dialogue in building new opportunities and addressing the obstacles facing Somali fisheries. It is a testament to the potential of the fishing industry that people traveled from all regions in Somalia, and from outside the country, to attend. The forum included:
More than 300 participants, including international attendance from Kenya, Italy, Germany, Norway, the U.S., the U.K. Denmark, and others
More than 50 speakers including scientists, professors, business owners, CEOs, international development experts, and donors
- 15 unique sessions plus opening and closing events
- 29 trade show booths
- 13 sponsors
- All sponsorships were from Somali organizations