Technology: Mobile app for fishers

Small-scale fishers along the South African coast have been empowered to take control of the fish market chain with a mobile app. Called Abalobi, the app enables fishers to record their catches, engage in fisheries management and explore different value-chain opportunities. Fishers can also use the app to communicate among themselves and get a good price for their catch. Around 100,000 households are expected to benefit from the app, which has been developed by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, working in partnership with a researcher from the University of Cape Town, local fishers and community workers.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.