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Friday, May 19, 2017

19/05/2017: Driving East Africa's Blue Revolution


Many donor-driven attempts at developing the East African aquaculture sector have failed, until a Dutch-East African initiative adopted an innovative approach and the FoodTechAfrica project was born. 

Aquaculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

African Fish Farming
Worldwide, aquaculture produces more than what is caught from the wild. However, this is not yet so in Africa. Of the global aquaculture output, only 2.5 percent is farmed in Africa, according to the FAO and most of this is concentrated in two countries; Nigeria and Egypt. Now contrast that with an African population set to rise from one to two billion (>20 percent of the world’s population) and the stage is set for a blue revolution.
Demand for fish in Africa is thus going up, whilst wild-catch is declining. In East Africa, Lake Victoria, wild catch declined by half on the Kenyan side of the lake. This leaves fish farming or importing fish as the two main options to provide fish to the growing consumer base. Africa is under the spotlight when it comes to global food security, and food security is best achieved by sustainable local production. Thus, it is important to look inland, towards sustainable farming of freshwater fish.

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