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Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project - Phase II | UCC Subgrant

Project Description

The Women Shellfishers and Food Security project aims to strengthen the evidence base, increase awareness, and equip stakeholders to adapt and apply successful approaches to rights-based, ecosystem-based, participatory co-management of shellfisheries by women in mangrove ecosystems in West Africa. Over two years (2020-2022) in Phase I, the project:

  • Conducted the first-ever participatory regional assessment of women-led shellfisheries in the 11 coastal West African countries from Nigeria to Senegal available at
  • Published six technical studies of site-based research in Ghana and The Gambia that tested Theory of Change linkages between women’s shellfish co-management and livelihoods, mangrove conservation, and nutrition.
  • Fostered a community of practice around the development and dissemination of a toolkit on women’s shellfisheries co-management in West Africa available at See Annex J for 11 individual country assessments and the technical studies.


Over a three-year Phase II (2022-2025), the project will build on these results to:

  • Demonstrate the biodiversity and socio-economic value of more fully integrated rights-based co-management of linked shellfish - mangrove - proximate landscape food ecosystems in site-based research in Ghana and The Gambia through activities in:
    • Women shellfishers empowerment
    • Gender-sensitive shellfishery co-management
    • Mangrove co-management
    • Integration of Adjacent landscape food production systems
  • Establish a functional West Africa Shellfish Knowledge and Outreach Hub engaging and serving stakeholders in the sub-region.

Funding Information

Funding Institution(s)
  • Amount : USD677,413.11
    Duration: October 2022 - September 2025