Is it possible to modernize an entire fishing industry in a way that ensures that benefits will reach the poorest fishers and not be captured entirely by middlemen and traders? The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation tried it in Morocco.
Wholesale buyers and fishermen participate in an auction of freshly caught seafood conducted by Rachit Idljsegr at an improved fish-landing site in Tifnit, Morocco, funded by the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation.
The site was part of the MCC's five-year, $698 million compact with Morocco, which successfully concluded in September 2013. The compact sought to modernize an entire artisanal fishing industry in a way that ensured that benefits would reach the poorest fishers and not be captured entirely by middlemen and traders.
For a detailed look at this effort, see "A top-to-bottom transformation for Morocco's artisanal fishers" on the MCC's Poverty Reduction Blog.