Lucy Unwin, September 2023
SFACT have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Aveiro in Portugal, a public foundation under private law whose mission is ‘to contribute to and develop graduate and postgraduate education and training, research, and cooperation with society’. This MoU will allow SFACT and the University of Aveiro to exchange resources and information with each other, collaborate on research and dissemination, and support each other in many other mutually acceptable areas.
The aim of this partnership is to collectively promote outreach and research in the areas of marine affairs, aquatic food systems, seafood supply chains from production to consumption, seafood markets and marketing and seafood governance, with links to and outcomes relevant to the Indian Ocean region. SFACT’s primary objectives in this area are to advance education of Indian Ocean nationals and therefore build capacity in a marginalised region.
SFACT are excited to embark on this partnership with the University of Aveiro and are already engaging in discussions about funding research on the ability of small-scale fishers to access markets.