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Jun 9, 2010

Support Needed for African Aquaculture

On 9 June 2010 SciDev.Net reported on the need for additional capital resource investment in African aquaculture. 

Fish is an important supplement for poor people eating diets high in carbohydrates in the developing world.  In the future, wild fisheries willl not meet demands. 

Globally, aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector for the past two decades. Approximately 50 percent of global fish products are now farmed and not caught in the wild. 

Fish pond in the Ivory Coast
Photo courtesy of SARNISSA.org
Since World War II, the development of aquaculture in Sub-Saharhan Africa has been promoted by international development organizations.  Fishponds also provide an important source of water in drought prone areas.

Africa's aquaculture has been challenged by low productivity and small markets.  In spite of these challanges, the FAO estimates that "fish farming in Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Togo and Uganda is among the fastest growing in the world."

African aquaculture needs access to capital in order to expand.  Resources are need to stock fishponds, provide fertilizer, and for educational training programs.  It is also needed to help get perishable fish to market. 
For more see: Beveridge, Malcolm.  "African aquaculture can flourish with support," SciDev.Net, 9 June 2010.

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