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SeaPoWer - Improved seaweed farming for women’s empowerment, livelihoods and environmental protection - Tanzania

Improved seaweed farming for women’s empowerment, livelihoods and environmental protection - Tanzania

In Zanzibar, seaweed farming is an essential livelihood activity, but climate change is increasingly threatening yields. For seaweed producers, 80% of whom are women, working conditions are tough and income uncertain. Sea PoWer is a ground-breaking initiative rethinking seaweed farming to empower them. In partnership with women seaweed farmers, and thanks to a unique approach combining innovation with empowerment, Sea PoWer has developed a new seaweed farming technology – deep-water tubular nets – that has started to transform their lives, support their aspirations and increase the resilience of their farming operations. Thanks to the BCI Community Award for Ocean-Related Climate Solutions, Sea PoWer will extend its support to a larger number of women producers to adopt the tubular net innovation, while increasing their capacities, self-confidence, control and entrepreneurship to overcome marketing bottlenecks, make the most of their harvests, and reconnect with the sea.