IMPACT ANALYSIS


Welcome to our real-time impact metrics and stories!



At ABALOBI, data and impact are key to validating our Theory of Change


Users of the ABALOBI tech ecosystem own and visualise their data in secure, handy in-app or web-based dashboards. These data are complemented by standardised, scalable baseline and longitudinal surveys that track the user's journey through programme implementation. Tracking these data allows us to learn, improve and iterate. 

We invite you to engage with these key indicators and stories from our overall data ecosystem, made public with user consent.



3D IMPACT AT A GLANCE


Social

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food security status among participant fishers within 1 year


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mouths fed through food security initiatives


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women beneficiaries in the marketplace


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supported fisher collectives



Economic


US$0m

revenue channelled directly into small-scale fishing communities


0%

value retention at local community level


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direct small-scale fisher beneficiaries


0%

fishers using financial services



Ecological


0%

ecological sustainability of catch composition within 3 years

C-FIP
world-first community-level Fisheries Improvement Programme


stable catch
rates for key species


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fully traceable, legal seafood



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SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES SUPPORT GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS

... But lack formal recognition & GOVERNANCE



WHY SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES?


  • The Blue Economy is the 7th largest economic sector worth an estimated USD 2.5 trillion annually – and fisheries are a critical, yet overlooked component

  • 40% of the global catch originates from small-scale fisheries – mostly informal in nature – and much of the catch is traded internationally

  • 492 million livelihoods are dependent on small-scale fisheries and ancillary activities – 90% of people involved in capture fisheries operate in small-scale fisheries




DESPITE THEIR IMPORTANCE, SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES ARE LARGELY LEFT OUT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES & THE BLUE ECONOMY



INEQUALITY, PAUCITY OF DATA & GOVERNANCE MISMATCH


  • 10% of the global population rely on fish for their livelihoods

  • An estimated 5.8 million fishers in the world earn less than 1 USD per day

  • Gender inequality persists in fisheries, despite women representing 40% of those in the sector

  • Only 30% of wild capture is quantitatively assessed (less than 20% of total species caught)


Our (sea)Food Systems are broken


  • Unchallenged market forces perpetuate overfishing and inequity for millions of fishers across the globe


REALITY IN SMALL-SCALE FISHING COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA

  • Fishers face extreme poverty, food insecurity, socioeconomic stressors & a multitude of ecological challenges




  • DIVE DEEPER

    Take a look at independent research by BFA Global on ABALOBI users in the context of Climate Change:


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WHAT WE DO

  • WE IMPLEMENT A FISHER-TO-MARKETPLACE PROGRAMME

    We collaborate with small-scale fishing communities – who hold vast local knowledge and customs, but face significant social, ecological and economic challenges – to co-design and implement Technology For Good, and learning and market infrastructure programmes that offer data collection, organisational structures and direct marketing opportunities. This enables small-scale fishers to become data owners, build organisational capacity, engage in transparent and traceable CSF-based supply chains, recognise the critical role of women, and address food security needs. Ultimately, fishers are poised to reposition in the value chain, rebuild their fisheries and help develop more ethical food systems as they journey towards social & ecological sustainability.



  • THEORY OF CHANGE

    Explore our Theory of Change in greater depth


INTERACTIVE THEORY OF CHANGE


  • WE WORK WITH PARTNERS TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY-BASED MONITORING

    If we co-design, co-configure and co-deploy our MONITOR platform as a grassroots, tech-based data collection, visualisation and decision-making tool, then we can help foster engagement between fisher communities and fisheries monitors – who together, can possibly lead adaptive fisheries management and conservation initiatives and ultimately increase small-scale fishing communities' resilience to social, economic and environmental change.

  • USE CASE

    Explore a Use Case from our work with key partners


USE CASE

OUR KEY DESIGN PRINCIPLES


  • START SMALL

  • DESIGN FOR TRUST

    Human-centred design/Co-design

  • CLEAR TECH/DATA OWNERSHIP

    Data is power

  • REAL-TIME DATA FEEDBACK

    Co-designed visualisations and reporting

  • BALANCE DATA NEEDS

    Local knowledge versus 'mainstream' data needs

  • SELF-SUSTAINABILITY

    Build resilient models


OUR 'TECH + TOUCH' approach

  • Community development is at the heart of our technology implementation





OUR WORK IN NUMBERS ...


CAPACITY-BUILDING & TRAINING

  • We build personal & organisational capacity through co-designed training & learning



  • CO-DESIGNED TRAINING MATERIALS

    We co-design training materials with fishers to ensure relevance and uptake. Take a look at our Responsible Fish Handling Guide developed in partnership with fishers:


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DATA COLLECTION, OWNERSHIP & FEEDBACK

  • We equip small-scale fishers as ICT users & data owners




  • TECH & FINANCIAL INCLUSION


  • CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION


  • TRACEABILITY

    Read our report on the application of ABALOBI technology to address illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in an iconic, troubled fishery.

USE CASE

  • COMMUNITY-BASED MONITORING



  • EXPERIENCES OF COMMUNITY-BASED MONITORING ACROSS THE GLOBE


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COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED FISHERIES

  • We implement Community-Supported Fisheries programmes that promote fully traceable & transparent supply chains




  • DISRUPTING SYSTEMS


Coding For Crayfish


  • AMPLIFYING THE VOICES OF WOMEN


Fish With A Story – The Documentary

  • STORIED SEAFOOD







  • OUR CSF PROGRAMME IN SOUTH AFRICA

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"Eliminating demand for seafood should not be seen as a panacea to save our oceans ..."



IMPACT

  • We drive social, economic & ecological impact through our Fisher-to-Marketplace programme 

Navigate the tabs below to explore our Triple Bottom Line metrics, Beneficiaries and progress towards Financial Inclusion


ABALOBI makes use of the internationally recognised Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) to track food security in fishing communities at the household level. Learn more here.


  • FISHER PERSPECTIVES


  • CHEF PERSPECTIVES



  • INDEPENDENT EVALUATION

    Read about our impact in this 60 Decibels Impact Performance Report


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  • ARCHIVE

    Read our previous impact reports


2018/19
2020
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 ABALOBI is a South African-based organisation striving to elevate small-scale fishing communities for social, economic and ecological sustainability



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