The role of aquaculture farmers' organizations in the GFCM area

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Izmir 11/12/2013

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Pre-meeting to the GFCM Aquaculture Multi-stakeholder Platform (AMShP) event. 11 DECEMBER 2013 Session 3 ENHANCING DIALOGUE AMONG AQUACULTURE FARMERS’ ORGANIZATIONS Javier Ojeda APROMAR Spain’s Marine Fish Farmers Association

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 1.- Empowering aquaculture Farmers’ Organizations in the GFCM area !

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Farmers’ Organisations exist: o To work on industry crosscutting issues o For individual members benefit through cooperation o To aid/guide policy makers o To facilitate the implementation of soft laws o To establish self regulations. o To maintain discussions with workers unions → To improve their member’s competitiveness

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Farmers’ Organisations work on: o Lobbying and industry representation o Promoting generic products o Communication o Common animal health measures o Production & market intelligence o Encouraging/focusing RTD o Life long training o Improvement of workers safety conditions

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Effective Farmers’ Organisations require: o A critical mass industry size o Being able to hire professional staff …and they are built on: o Trust on it amongst members. o Impartiality towards its different members o Transparency o Accountability and good governance o Official recognition

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Challenges Farmers’ Organisation face: o Farmers’ active participation o Financing: • Membership fees • Projects and services • Subventions o The need to adopt a holistic view of aquaculture

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Main assets of a Farmers’ Organisation: o Influencing capacity o Reputation o Professional contacts o Being an industry meeting point o Acting as an information hub

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Farmers’ Organisations are key for the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry!

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 2.- Why a call for dialogue between Farmers’ Organisations ?

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Farmers and their national Organisations don’t live in a bubble

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Aquaculture is a Mediterranised industry ! … unfortunately suffering endemic boom & bust cycles that risk its sustainability.

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Bass & Bream cycles…

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Farmers’ Organisations can play an important role in ameliorating this situation … through a win–win game for their members.

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Boom & bust cyclicality implies: o Short term mentality o Little scope for innovation o Negative social repercussions o Difficulties to be environmentally perfect o Problems to keep a good image o … a break for belief in professional organisations.

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 3.- Promoting transnational [quality] discussions !

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Reasons for transnational industry dialogues: o To share challenges and opportunities o Real opponents are downstream in the value chain o Presently there is no production coordination o The market is a shared black box o Need to improve the image of aquaculture products and of the industry o Fish health is an increasing common risk o Demands for a level playing field → Sustainable development is a common objective

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Why the intervention of Farmers’ Organisations in transnational dialogues: o They can set/defend long term views o They dispose of broader perspective approaches o They can wear white gloves o They enjoy better legal coverage

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Transnational dialogues on what? o Indirect production coordination through information sharing [juvenile stocking; prod contingencies; sale forecasts] o Market intelligence [trends; consumer preferences; trade] o Fish health prevention [epidemiological maps; promoting licensing of vet medicines] o Communication [external; internal] o Promotion of aquaculture products o Focusing of RTD o Etc.

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 Presently, there is very little communication between fish farmers across the Mediterranean This has to be dealt with !

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 How to improve this transnational dialogue? Prerequisites: 1. Whatever is done it must deliver real results to farmers 2. It must be lead by the industry Actions: 1. Encourage the establishment and functioning of national Farmers’ Organisations 2. Fostering transnational work in an appropriate forum: the AMShP → Providing a specific deck for FO in the AMShP

The role of aquaculture farmers’ organizations in the GFCM area Izmir 11-12-2013 How to improve this transnational dialogue? (2) But other tools should be additionally considered: 3. External specialised services: Kontali 4. Building on the work of other organisations: EATiP, AquaMed,…

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