Editrudith Lukanga

Editrudith Lukanga

Editrudith is the founder and executive director of the Environmental Management and Economic Development Organization (EMEDO), a public interest organization addressing environmental, social and economic challenges in the Lake Victoria region in Africa.

Recognized as a global leader for small scale fishers’ organization, Editrudith has been a co-president of the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers since 2012. She is the Vice Chairperson of the East Africa Platform of Non-State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH) and the Secretary General of the African women fish processors and traders network (AWFISHNET). She is currently leading the Tanzania National Task Team (NTT) for implementation of the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (SSF guidelines) in the context of food security and poverty alleviation.

She is a Coordination Committee and Advisory Group  member of Civil Society Mechanism (http://www.csm4cfs.org ) for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security and sits on the National Technical Advisory Committee of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project. Previously, she served as a governance advisor with the Netherlands development Organization (SNV).

Editrudith has an MSc in Environmental Sciences and a BSc degree in Marine Biology and Micro Biology from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty Analysis for Socioeconomic Security and Development from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, ­Netherlands.