Seaweed Program

Zanzibar Seaweed Situation Analysis

Specific challenges identified in Blue Economy, especially in the seaweed value chain, include low quality and productivity, high post-harvest loss, limited entrepreneurship and business management skills lack of farming protective gears, low adoption capacity of new technologies, limited participation of youth and men in seaweed production, high transportation cost of seaweed from farms to drying areas, lack of proper drying facilities, low demand for seaweed processed products, lack of reliable seaweed market, limited access to finance various seaweed farming operations, relatively higher borrowing cost, climate change which causes sea level fluctuations and subsequently affect seaweed farming.

ZMBF Strategic Goal


Improved seaweed production and productivity


Enhanced value addition of seaweed products


Improved access to the market of seaweed and its related products

ZMBF’s Achievements

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The First Lady has actively led communities in promoting well-being, healthy lifestyle, and prevention of non-communicable diseases in all Regions of Unguja and Pemba through the renowned end-of-the-month walk.

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Has built the capacity of 160 GBV survivors, families, and other stakeholders and 80 GBV Shehia committee members on reporting GBV cases to the authorities and following up on the GBV cases through court procedures

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Has developed and aired radio GBV prevention jingles and developed, printed and distributed GBV prevention messages to the community in Zanzibar

ZMBF seeking to achieve

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To conduct quarterly Mariam Mwinyi Walkathon in conjunction with Afya Bora Maisha Bora medical camp in a different region of Unguja or Pemba per quarter.

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Presence of policy and legal frameworks with provisions on preventive protection of all forms of GBV in Zanzibar