The USAID’s Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) signed a partnership agreement with the Ghana Fisheries Commission and Tigo Ghana called "Tigo Fishers Network Initiative." which aims to provide fisher folk with tailored mobile solutions using Tigo platform.
In Ghana, 10 per cent of the population work directly or indirectly in the fishing sector, which generates over one billion dollars in revenue annually and accounts for at least 4.5 per cent of Ghana's GDP.
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Tigo Fisheries Network will provide fisher folk information access on best practices for sustainable fishing, enable low-cost communications and promote the use of mobile money. The Platform will also be used to enable fisher folk to anonimously report illegal fishing.
A pilot phase of the implementation will start this year in selected coasts, and after that the service will be scaled to cover most coastal areas and the Volta Lake.
The Chief Business Officer for Tigo, Stephen Essien, has been quoted saying: “Tigo is looking forward to a successful partnership where fisher folk, including fishermen and other actors in the value chain can receive information on their mobile phones, and hopefully improve their business models, revenues and efficiency”.
Source: Tigo Ghana