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World Central Kitchen Project Puts Fishermen First

August 2017

You know the old saying, "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime." Well, José's non-profit organization World Central Kitchen is using technology to further support the work of fishermen in Jacmel, Haiti, helping them not only feed themselves and their families, but providing them with the tools to earn a good living with their trade.

Alongside Haitian-based organization the MM Group, World Central Kitchen is introducing fish aggregating devices (FADs) to fishermen in Jacmel. This equipment not only allows for more fish to be caught by fishermen when they are out at sea, but it also lets them catch higher quality - and therefore more lucrative - fish, like yellowfin tuna.

The technology will benefit 300 fishing families in Jacmel, where fishing is one of the main sources of income. Between higher yields and the ability to catch higher quality fish, fishermen can increase their incomes up to 400% - a major lift for families and the wider community.

To learn more about the Fishermen First program, and to follow along with the work of World Central Kitchen, click here. And if you want an idea of what Jacmel's families might do with their catch, check out this recipe for Poisson Gros Sel from the Haitian food blog Mangeons Lakay.