Analysis of Fish Value Chain: The Case of Gilgel Gibe Dam I Reservoir, Southwest of Ethiopia

Meded Awel


The study was undertaken with the objectives of mapping fish value chain and identifies the major actors and analyzing the determinants of value addition of fish in Gilgel Gibe dam I reservoir Southwest of Ethiopia. Out of the total 510 individual fishermen on this reservoir, 128 individuals were selected using a three stage sampling procedure which includes both purposive and simple random sampling methods. Data were collected using interview schedule and analyzed using descriptive statistics and binary logit models. The result of value chain analysis indicated that the direct fish value chain actors in this study area are fishermen, local collectors, fishery cooperatives, whole sellers, retailer and restaurants and hotels while the major enablers are Woreda office of Agriculture and Administrative, NGO’s, Bureau of Agriculture, financial institutions, Jimma research center and University and the  binary logit model indicated that the value addition of fish were significantly affected by education level, fishing equipment, access to extension service; market information; competitive market agents and credit service. The policy implication is that the fishermen should be educated through extension service, providing modern input and technologies, strengthening of market extension and linking them with financial service provider and empowering fishery cooperatives improves the fishery value addition development; thus income of individual fishermen could be enhanced.

Keywords: Binary logit model, Fish Value chain, Fish Value Chain Map, Gilgel Gibe dam I reservoir

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