Welcome to our real-time public data dashboards and impact stories.
At ABALOBI, we take data and measurements seriously – as tools to track and validate our Theory of Change and to demonstrate accountability.
Building internal measurement capacity is key to our mission. It allows us to learn, improve and better serve our fisher beneficiaries and partners. 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.
Here we share key indicators and data snippets from our overall data ecosystem, made public with the consent of fishers. We invite you to engage with these impact dashboards, and interrogate and audit the underlying data.
IMPACT METRIC QUICK LINKS:
Dashboards & tooltips are best viewed on desktop
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
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)
Small-scale fishers in South Africa face extreme poverty, food insecurity, socioeconomic stressors & a multitude of ecological challenges
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.
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.
DESIGN FOR TRUST
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
Build resilient models
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:
We equip small-scale fishers as ICT users & data owners
TECH & FINANCIAL INCLUSION
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
EXPERIENCES OF COMMUNITY-BASED MONITORING ACROSS THE GLOBE
We implement Community-Supported Fisheries programmes that promote fully traceable & transparent supply chains
"Eliminating demand for seafood should not be seen as a panacea to save our oceans ..."
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.
Read about our impact in this 60 Decibels Impact Performance Report
ABALOBI is a South African-based organisation striving to elevate small-scale fishing communities for social, economic and ecological sustainability