Open source app connects traditional fishers to markets

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Previously overlooked as small businesses, South African traditional fishers are now connected and in charge of their data. Developed in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of alleviating poverty, consuming responsibly and promoting sustainability, the Abalobi Fisher app suite is free for small-scale fishers. The suite consists of five, interconnected apps that range from a personal log of catch data to community analytics, safety and live virtual market transactions. The apps were designed by South African fishers, University of Cape Town academics and the new small-scale fisheries unit in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Fishers choose…

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