Our History

 

 

Aquaculture Zimbabwe emerged from a solid belief that fish can transform life. Fish is for life. Disturbed by the often side-lined and untapped potential of rural smallholder freshwater aquaculture/fish farming in Zimbabwe, the founding members sought to make a positive difference in rural people’s lives through promoting the establishment of low cost aquaculture infrastructure and equipping the rural farmers with basic technical know-how in fish farming. The response from the farmers, particularly those in southern lowveld of Zimbabwe was phenomenally encouraging.The environment there proved ideal for the tilapia variety of the bream. In 2008, the founding memberslegally registered their initiative as a non profit“Trust”organization in order to build capacity that they needed to take rural small holder aquaculture to food and income insecure yet non labour constrained households from communities in arid and drought prone areas of Zimbabwe.

 

Introducing a well-known variety of livestock, fish, as a solution to constrained livelihood options at home at an up-scaled level had its challenges. Most people knew fish as relish that they have to buy from poachers, traders or fish themselves from local dams and weirs. However the practicality of fish farming at wetlands, small dams, small irrigation schemes and other feasible places quickly sank in as people saw the extent to which it complements their commonly practiced small scale horticultural activities such as gardening. Early adopters expanded operations and demonstrated that rural aquaculture in Zimbabwe is a feasible intervention to poverty in general and under nutrition.In 2012, after having walked a five year successful journey working with communities diversifying food and income sources, building resilience and involving the vulnerable and often excluded societal groups, Aquaculture Zimbabwe officially got the recognition from the Government of Zimbabwe through the successful registration as a Private Voluntary Organization – PVO33/12 (non governmental organization). Its preferred approach to introducing rural small holder freshwater aquaculture is through the Integrated Agriculture Aquaculture model which gives a reason and hope for communities to preserve, manage and earn a modest living from their natural resource endowments.