5.8 million fishers worldwide currently earn less than USD1/day, yet 95% of small-scale landings are destined for local consumption. These landings represent an important local source of food and revenue.

Mwambao takes a human-rights based approach to small-scale fisheries and marine resource use and is guided by FAO Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication. This is an important guidance tool addressing the sector and Mwambao is guided by it when providing contributions to and comments on national policy and legislation. It provides guidance on topics such as responsible governance of tenure and sustainable resource management, social development, employment and decent work, value chain, post-harvest and trade, gender equality, and disaster risks and climate change. www.fao.org/3/a-i4356e.pdf

Guiding principles of the FAO Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries

  • Human rights and dignity
  • Respect of cultures
  • Non-discrimination
  • Gender equality and equity
  • Consultation and participation
  • Rule of law
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Economic, social and environmental sustainability
  • Holistic and integrated approaches
  • Social responsibility
  • Feasibility and social and economic viability

A snapshot of our contributions to National Policy and planning

  • Member of Tanzanian National Task Team for implementing FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
  • Standard Operating Procedures for Shehia Fishers Committees in Zanzibar
  • Standard Operating Procedures for Collaborative Management Groups in Zanzibar
  • Consulted on Fisheries Legislation in Zanzibar

Wherever possible we have an input into national and local policy and planning helping to bring the importance and benefits community-led marine resource management to the table and into policy.  We are guided by the FAO guidelines for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries.  

Some of our partners and collaborations


There are eight core approaches underpinning our work. Click on one below to read more.

Community-Led Collaborative Marine Management

Fisheries Value Chains

Eco-Credit Model

Community Films & Participatory Video