Pencum Senegal women association exists since 1960. It is one of the most important fish processing sites in Dakar. It is composed of 117 processing workshops exclusively run by women. In 2015, nearly 219 people were active in fish processing activities at Pencum Senegal.
WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to reduce poverty and hunger. With more than 30 years of experience working with communities in Africa, WorldFish is deeply committed to the millions of poor people who rely on fish for food, nutrition and income. Together with the African Union and NEPAD, WorldFish is implementing a project on Fish Trade in Africa. The Fish Trade project is funded by the European Union and supports the strengthening of intra-regional fish trade in Africa by conducting research and generating data that informs crucial policy decisions. The project aims to improve food security and reduce poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.
REPAO as a network of fishery stakeholders in West Africa has been involved for a long time for the emergence of consistent and sustainable fishing policies in West Africa. REPAO early understood the importance to engage "women" to boost intra-regional trade of fish products but especially for enhancing the value of fishery products. Therefore REPAO has been involved for several years in the capacity building and the role of women to boost intra and inter regional fish products. All these previous actions (meetings training workshops and exchanges, establishment of national networks of women etc.) have led today the establishment of the African Network of Women in Fisheries (RAFEP) in partnership with ATLAFCO (Conference of Ministers for Fisheries Cooperation in the Atlantic Ocean coastal states).