Fish market in Maputo, Mozambique – Value chain strengthening

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Review: Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)

Maputo fish market (Mozambique)




The Maputo fish market is a popular market located at Costa do Sol, which is on the coastline towards the north of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. The market has stalls with all sorts of sea food – fish, clams, crabs, prawns, etc. It is often claimed that fish displayed in the market is incredibly fresh and some is still alive, like the clams, lobsters and the crabs. Towards the back of the market, there are several restaurants which can prepare/cook the purchased fish for a small fee.

Fishermen come to the market in the early evening with their day catch; frequent visitors believe that  the best time of the day to visit the market is the afternoon, after the morning’s catch has come in.

The improvement of value chain activities in Maputo market received considerable attention and support through agreements between the governmental agencies in Mozambique and international organizations including IFAD and JICA. The key objective of strengthening the value chain is to improve the distribution of marine products as well as the improvement of the livelihood of the people involved in artisanal fishing. Training of fish traders has been considered an essential line of action to ensure the application of best practices for market/vendor operations.




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