Assist 500 Gambian women to become entrepreneurs

by Coastal Resource Center (CRC)

A three day transboundary visit by the TRY Oyster Women Association to Southern Senegal oyster and cockle harvesting communities in the Allahein River estuary took place from the 9th to 11th January 2014.The delegation of TRY was composed of the Coordinator Fatou Janha, Coordinator of TRY Isatou Jarjue, Ebrima Jabang of the Department of Fisheries and Babanding Kanyi of the Department of Fisheries. The visit was funded under the USAID/BaNafaa project seed grant to TRY Association.
The delegation visited five communities: Niafarang, Kabadjo, Abene, Katak, and Donbondir. These communities are part of the Allahein Kafoo established in March 2013 during the initial joint meeting of communities sharing the Allahein River estuary shellfish resources, following a participatory rural appraisal (PRA) conducted in 2012. It comprises oyster and cockle harvesting communities from Sothern Senegal and The Gambia. The communities from Southern Senegal include Niafarang, Kabadjo, Donbondir, Katak, Mamouda and Boudouk. The communities on the Gambian side are Kartong and Berending. The oyster and cockle harvesters from both Southern Senegal and The Gambia share the oyster and cockle resources in the Allahein River estuary. The water body serves as a natural boundary between the two countries which has crossing points either by boat or on foot at low tide. Oyster and cockle harvesting has become the livelihood of peoples living near the Allahein River estuary since time immemorial. The fishery creates employment, income and revenue and provides food security as well. The importance of the Allahein River estuary to the peoples living near and beyond cannot be down played. However, the oyster and cockle resources are declining as a result of over exploitation and bad practice in oyster harvesting and cockle collection. Management measures put in place through the process of participatory eco-system based co-management are needed to reverse this trend to ensure a sustainable fishery. Because these Southern Senegal communities are engaged in oyster and cockle harvesting in the Allahein River estuary in Kartong in the Republic of the Gambia; thus sharing the oyster and cockle resources with Kartong. The shared stock of oyster and cockles requires implementation of a joint transboundary co-management strategy for exploitation of the fishery resources to ensure sustainable livelihood for both oyster and cockle harvesters on the two sides of the border.


The three day transboundary visit by the TRY Oyster Women Association to Southern Senegal oyster and cockle harvesting communities started on the 9th January to 11th January 2014.The delegation of TRY composed the Coordinator Fatou Janha Mboob, Secretary of TRY Isatou Jarjue,Ebrima Jabang of the Department of Fisheries and Babanding Kanyi of the Department of Fisheries.


The three day visit to six oyster and cockle harvesting communities in Southern Senegal by the TRY Oyster Women Association was very successful. All the six oysters and cockle harvesting communities were visited and meetings held. All the communities showed interest in the sustainable management of oyster and cockle fishery in Allahein estuary. They all acknowledged that the shared stock of oyster and cockle requires co management strategy for their benefit and future generation that will have a felt need for it. The communities agreed to collaborate with TRY to hold future meetings and reach consensus on management measures,bye laws and conservation of the mangrove ecosystem. The Department of Fisheries in Abene was visited and TRY was assured of their collaboration for the preparation of the Joint Transboundary Co Management Plan. The meeting with the Honorable Member of Parliament in Senegalese Government was a breakthrough for TRY.The Honorable Member pledged support and collaboration with TRY in all areas of sustainable development. She assured TRY that Government of Senegal will provide backstop to the initiative of TRY.


The entire report is attached.



The 6000ha of Tanbi Wetland Complex, a declared Ramsar site, happens to be one of the less disturbed mangrove stands on the West African coastline. It’s global and local significance and importance has been established in numerous studies; in addition to its rich biological diversity and protective role to important infrastructure along the coastline, it offers invaluable support to the livelihoods of the numerous communities that boarder it. These communities that are dotted on the fringe of Tanbi engage in oyster harvesting, cockle collection and fishing among others.

The primary aim of the training program was to strengthen the capacity of oyster harvester on simple techniques and methods of oyster culture. The training is limited to the oyster collectors with the sole aim of establishing a sustainable means of oyster culture system by constructing culture racks that will enable oyster women harvest oyster after 8-12 months. Oyster culture method is devoid of cutting-off whole plants or parts of mangrove during harvesting.

The training was conducted in the ethnic languages of Mandinka and Wolof for clarity and better understanding of the topics. The course required interaction among participants and with the trainer on exchange of experiences and points of view as some of the women have experience in oyster culture. The programme also included practical on oyster shell collection and punching of oyster shells for spat collection.


1. Strengthening of community based fisheries organizations (CBOs) TRY Association

2. Participants resolved to impart the knowledge gained from the training workshop to others

3. Participants resolved to embark on oyster culture through collaboration with development partners and   Government agencies


Oyster culture by TRY oyster women can serve as a sustainable livelihood to generate increased income for the women through annual harvest from the culture racks, which will ultimately improve their standard of living. The women have shown enthusiasm in the training sessions and have fully adopted the oyster culture technology in all the six communities. Oyster culture will allow them to spare time for other household activities in relation to wild harvesting which is time consuming due to long distance.

During this quarter TRY report the following. For more information please see the attached report:

 Global Giving

With the cash donation that was received from the Global Giving, TRY was able to purchase one hundred pairs of protective goggles from Dakar Senegal 

 Girls Skills Development Program Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony of the fifteen students in the Skills Development Program was held at the TRY Center on

19th April 2013

 UNDP-The UNDP Training Program

The United Nations Development Programme {UNDP} in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment funded a training programme on value addition, food safety and hygiene at TRY Association centre

 INSEAD Social Entrenpreurship Conference

April 26thand 27th, Fatou Mboob, Director of Founder and TRY, was invited to attend the 2013 INSEAD conference in Madrid, Spain.

 Community Committees

At the annual review of the co-management plan, it was recommended that a committee comprising the village heads, village development committee, youth leaders of each of in the fifteen communities including TRY should be formed.

 Peace Corp Volunteer

Fern Aguda-Brown, Peace Corp Volunteer (PCV) has returned to the United States following the successful completion of her assignment with TRY. 

 TARUD – The Trust Agency for Rural Development

Training of trainers on Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) was conducted by TARUD over a two-week period.

 Visit to Processing Plant Banjul Highway

On May 13, 2013   TRY members from Kamallo visited the Atlantic Seafood Plant located at mile 5 on the Banjul Serekunda Highway.

 Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP)

Akiko Osumi consultant from Senegal representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan met with TRY director Fatou Janha Mboob on May 27, 2013.

 GEF-Global Environmental Fund

There is continued monitoring of oyster racks within the following regions: Wencho, Kamallo, Old Jeshwang, Faji Kunda, Abuko, and Kubuneh


TRY is in the second year of collecting, counting, and weighing oysters as part of data collection using funds provided by the USAID/BaNafaa grant


TRY Women at New Oyster Racks
TRY Women at New Oyster Racks

TRY Association has continued to stay busy. With the opening of the oyster harvesting season on March 1st, the TRY women have been busy in the beautiful mangrove forests earning their living. The money the women generate from oyster sales is their main source of income for the year. Because the harvesting season is only three months long (March – June), TRY Association encourages the women to save and manage their money through TRY’s microfinance program. Since the harvesting season began, the TRY staff has been visiting various sites to converse with the women about harvesting, encourage them to wear their uniforms, as well as handle the oysters properly. Also during this harvesting period, TRY Association is also conducting biological data collection to monitor the size frequency of oysters over the harvesting season.

In November and December, the TRY women constructed oyster culture racks in 6 communities in the Tanbi Wetlands National Park. The women teamed into pairs and each pair constructed and is responsible for one rack. Oyster culture has many potential benefits for the TRY women including easier and safer harvesting and decreased effect on the mangroves. Also in November, three hundred women from TRY’s 15 communities were trained on shellfish handling, processing and quality control. The program has raised awareness on improved shellfish handling and processing practices, which will contribute to the attainment of increased production of high quality and wholesome seafood products. In December and January, TRY Association has been holding health classes for the TRY women on various health topics, including sexual and reproductive health, family planning, and malaria.

The generous donations that TRY Association received from Global Giving were used to purchase school uniforms for over 65 children of TRY members ranging in grades from nursery school to tertiary level education. The women and the children were so happy to receive the uniforms. Sometimes it is a lack of a school uniform that will prevent a child here from attending school. Therefore, from the students, thank you all so much again for your support and generosity.


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Coastal Resource Center (CRC)

Location: Narragansett, Rhode Island - USA
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Coastal Resource Center (CRC)
Project Leader:
Kimberly Kaine
Global Program Coordinator
Narragansett, RI United States

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