Income accrued by small-scale fishers in Africa has reduced by up to 40% over the last decade. This is because less fish are available. It’s a huge food security challenge in places where fish are the only source of protein.
The reduced catch is also associated with rises in unemployment. In Senegal, for example, many blame fisheries agreements with the EU for destroying their livelihoods. This in turn pushes scores of young people to make the difficult and illegal journey to Europe.
Water is looked at as a product to be consumed, but it’s not,” Godfrey says. “It’s a component within a whole circle that is impacted on by many ministries, agencies and stakeholders and where the more economic and industrial growth we have the more important it becomes.”