Case study

Katalyst's contribution to systemic change in the fish market

The adopt, adapt, expand, respond cases (No.9)

Karen Smith Ben Taylor


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Published by
The Springfield Centre
Project implementer
Results level
Poverty reduction
Mixed method
Data source
Intervention types
Improved access to information
Improved input supply
Improved marketing of products
Improved product / service quality
Improved value chain coordination

Katalyst is a market development programme that aims to increase the productivity and incomes of small farmers and micro and small enterprises by facilitating access to information, skills, services and market linkages.

Intervention description

The case study looks at Katalyst’s work in Phase II to facilitate systemic change in the fishery sector. Increased productivity and returns are achieved by improving the quality of fingerlings available for small farmers.

It examines the impact of a set of interventions including:

  • improving hatchery management
  • improving farmers’ knowledge on fingerling management
  • inducing high value species farming

Evidence methodology

The report relies on information generated by the programme's:

  • monitoring and evaluation system
  • review of intervention documents
  • interviews with programme staff

The data used is from the programme's monitoring and evaluation system which was successfully audited against the DCED Standard in 2016.


Further reading

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