The project is being led by World Fish (CGIAR Institute) with key implementing partners, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency and AU-IBAR. The proposal identifies four trade corridors in Africa (southern, central, eastern and western) and the broad remit is to conduct research in these areas to develop policy and policy implementation and build capacity.
The project also hopes to boost trade by bringing benefits to women and the poor, and has already received political backing. In 2014, the African Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries signed up to a African Fisheries Reform Policy, a key element of which is to strengthen regional fish trade.
Clark’s main task will be to help identify a set of doctoral projects that provide empirical data on commercial constraints, which would be run by local universities in tandem with overseas universities.