Improving Competitiveness of African Aquaculture through Capacity Building, Improved Technology, and Management of Supply Chain and Natural Resources
Virginia Tech, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) (US); Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST); Department, Ministry of Food & Agriculture, Water & Sewerage Company, Ghana (Ghana); Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism, Aquaculture Development Division,Kingorwila National Fish Center, Tanzania; Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project; Mbegani Fisheries Development Centre; National Investment Center (NIC); Nyegezi Fisheries Institute; Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, Tanzania; University of Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania); Kenya Business Development Services (KBDS), Moi University (Kenya) ; United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Kwamena Quagrainie (US Lead Project PI); Charles C. Ngugi (Host Country Lead PI; Kenya)
Rebecca Lochmann, Emmanuel Frimpong (US); Stephen Amisah (Ghana); Judith Amadiva, Julius Manyala (Kenya); Sebastian Chenyambuga (Tanzania)
The overall goal of this continuation project is to develop physical and human capacity for the aquaculture industry in sub-Sahara Africa through new and better technology of fish production, better management of the natural resources, development of indigenous species, and responding appropriately to market demands for fish products. Results from the various investigations will help to vitalize rural aquaculture entrepreneurship by providing capacity and opening up a larger market for rural aquaculture producers. They will also help to provide additional employment and income generation that will create demand for other products and thus support the growth of other rural economic activities.
Related AquaFish investigations include: 09BMA07OR, 09MER02PU, 09SFT02PU, 09SFT05PU, 09QSD04PU, 09TAP04PU, 09IND06PU, 07MER02PU
,07QSD02PU, 07WIZ01PU, 07SFT06PU, 07MER03PU
Tanzania: - Researchers found that leaf meal made from two local native, leguminous tree species Leucaena leucocephala and Moringa oleifera can replace costly soybean meal in tiliapia diets and increase profitability for small-scale fish farmers Kenya: - Farmers were trained in hatchery technology and business techniques to farm juvenile catfish and sell them as an alternative to wild-caught baitfish. Farmers now successfully sell baitfish in markets along the shores of Lake Victoria. Women bait traders trained in pond construction and catfish breeding are now able to farm and supply baitfish throughout the year. - Training efforts have led Kenyan baitfish farmers to use the cluster farming system to achieve significant improvements in their marketing capabilities and assist other farmers in adopting the collective model. - A study on consumers' taste preferences concluded that the factors affecting consumers' willingness to pay for farmed tilapia include health consciousness, household income, household size, age, urban residence and education of consumers. Ghana: - Farmers were trained in environmental Best Management Practices (BMPs) in aquaculture. Farmers are implementing broadly focused environmental BMPs on their farms. - A study on consumers' taste preferences concluded that the health consciousness of consumers, their secondary education, age, and the color of farmed tilapia affected their willingness to pay for farmed tilapia in Ghana.