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Aquaculture


Rural small holder freshwater aquaculture

The aquaculture sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the worldwide. Part of this trend is attributable to a planned response to a consistently declining natural fish stocks in major water bodies and also due to the challenges of feeding an increasing world’s population.

 

Inland, we take aquaculture to remote, arid and drought prone areas with inconsistent rainfall patterns that make other agricultural activities difficult. These areas are mostly low lying and have many dams that they depend on for limited agricultural and consumptive purposes. In these communities where we work, rural small holder freshwater aquaculture is proving to be a viable solution to food insecurity, under nutrition, undiversified sources of income, strengthening economic situation of vulnerable groups (HIV/AIDS infected and affected, OVC, elderly, chronic poor) and a way to developing a sustainable enterprise that build and reinforces resilience. We promote participation of targeted farmers through contributing labour during earthen ponds construction, building their basic technical competence in aquaculture through trainings and support their aquaculture enterprise development as a way of preparing and enhancing economic opportunities


 

Fisheries


In the fishing communities, our activities seek to address issues of fish producer group organization, responsible and sustainable fishing practices and collective marketing. We seek to enhance productivity and strengthen the fishers bargaining power through capacitating them with business skills and easy to manage marketing infrastructure. Keys to success in these communities include the persistent promotion of sustainable ways of fishing, cooperation with authorities to fight poaching and securing consistent contract based markets.

 

Our work within the fisheries and aquaculture sector promotes the safe guarding and sustainable management of natural resources (water and land) through integrated agriculture aquaculture, lobbying for the fish farmers and fishers to operate in a friendly and enabling environment created through inclusive policies


 

Research


One of the major challenges encountered in the communities where we work is the necessity for building basic technical knowhow in aquaculture so as to optimise fish production and availability of fish markets intelligence among the fishers and fish farmers. In order to continually improve our delivery and in the progressive spirit of sharing knowledge, we need to understand a myriad of things about the fishers and fish farmers, our work and the fish markets among other things. Our research focuses on the following thematic areas

  •             Local farm-based fish feed mixes
  •             Innovative low cost aquaculture technologies
  •             Rural small holder freshwater aquaculture and livelihoods
  •             Aquaculture and the environment
  •             Fish value chain analysis and development



 

Independent technical consultancy


We work with other development partners as technical experts in large fisheries and aquaculture projects undertaking feasibility studies, designing and establishing fish production systems, capacity building, pre and post handling technologies, aquaculture enterprise development as well as engaging local and regional markets. Our experts and consultants drawn from our database of local and international experts play a vital role in ensuring that effectively demonstrate how ‘fish is indeed for life’


 

Cross cutting themes

Inclusive models in fisheries and aquaculture, a sector that has traditionally been dominated by men, requires a thorough understanding of local culture, norms and work ethics. Facilitating the inclusion of women, youth and other vulnerable groups is possible through our integrated approach as a local organization developing initiatives in the communities where many economic opportunities are explored and openly discussed. Women are important in providing food in most of the households and this is a fact that has been proved by many researchers.


Inclusion of women in particular has been a priority in our aim to fight under-nutrition. Inclusive business models are particularly important in building adaptive capacity of various societal groups whose livelihoods are under threat from variability and changes in climate. Adapting to climate change and building resilience through a fusion of new technical know-how and traditional coping strategies have been our signature work in areas that we intervene.