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Participants from Republic of Uganda and IFAD discussing about data requirement for the ECOPATH Module

Development of a Value Chain Module to Map Lake Victoria Small Fish Flows, Price Changes and Climate Risk at Ciala Resort Kisumu-Kenya from 25th To 27th September 2023

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) through an IFAD supported project titled “Lake Victoria Small Fish Project (LVSFP)” convened a workshop on the development of a value chain module to map Lake Victoria small fish flows, price changes and climate risk at Ciala Resort Kisumu, Kenya from 25th to 27th September 2023. The objectives were to discuss and agree on a definition and description of the external and internal boundaries of the value chain model for Lake Victoria Dagaa; Dagaa value chains by country; data needs for the model; design and plan of surveys to collect primary and secondary data; devise a conceptual model; and develop scenarios to be investigated with the aid of the model. The workshop was attended by members of the LVFO Dagaa, Modeling, Socio-economics and Catch Assessment Regional Working Groups from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and IFAD representative Ms. Audrey Tchoundi (Plate 1).
 
Plate 1: Participants of the Dagaa value chain modelling workshop
Plate 1: Participants of the Dagaa value chain modelling workshop
 
The workshop was led by Profs. Paul van Zwieten and Jeppe Kolding from Netherlands and Norway respectively. Prof. Paul van Zwieten presented a simple and several worked out value chains of enteprises which included fishers, processors traders, retailers, and consumers (Plate 2) using a mass balance approach. This approach assesses the volume flows of small fish along the nodes in the value chain, including the associated enterprise specific and aggregated economic value, labour input, and nutritional value to better appreciate the opportunities and bottlenecks at each node of the small fish value chain (Plate 3) and review scenarios of change including climate risks.
Plate 2: Simple value chain
 
Plate 3: Mass balancing the enterprise nodes in the value chain and associating economic value, labor and nutrient flows
 
The mass balance module is an important tool to assist in understanding the contribution of small fish of Lake Victoria to national economies (GDP) including multiplier effects, employment levels over the value chain, and the contribution of small fish to nutrition and food security. The module also provides a baseline for the current market, and dynamic scenario analyses of potential changes in the Dagaa value to guide policy options. Lastly, the module can be used as an assessment of climate risks to the resilience of the small fish industry on Lake Victoria to guide its sustainable utilization.