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Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA) Special Edition of March 2018 – Fish Trade and Marketing

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Trade plays a major role in the fisheries and aquaculture sector as an employment creator, food supplier, income generator, and contributor to economic growth and development, and to food and nutrition security (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein).
The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is implementing two fisheries projects: Fisheries governance Project and the Fish trade Project.

The Fisheries Governance Project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa" currently implemented by AU-IBAR and NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), targets at enhancing the contribution of fisheries resources to food security and economic growth in Africa by improving institutional and policy environment for sustainable management and utilization of fisheries resources in Africa.

The specific objective of the project is achieved through the following results areas:

  • Result 1: Institutional capacity and regulatory frameworks for sustainable fisheries management improved.
  • Result 2: Sustainable fisheries management in small-scale fisheries including inland water bodies enhanced.
  • Result 3: Institutional capacity and regulatory framework for aquaculture development strengthened.
  • Result 4: Advocacy, Lessons Learning for knowledge sharing and capacity for increased investments and fostering reforms in the fisheries sector enhanced.
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Special December 2016 Edition of the BAHPA – Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources

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Fisheries and aquaculture make critical contributions to economic activities in Africa especially in the areas of rural development, improved livelihood, employment (the vast majority of whom live in the rural areas, working in fish production); food security and nutrition (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein); and trade, (with a third of fishery commodity production in developing countries destined for export).

The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) through the Fisheries Governance Project “Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa” targets at enhancing the contribution of fisheries resources to food security and economic growth in Africa by improving institutional and policy environment for sustainable management and utilization of fisheries resources in Africa.

The specific objective of the project is achieved through the following results areas:

  • Result 1: Institutional capacity and regulatory frameworks for sustainable fisheries management improved;
  • Result 2: Sustainable fisheries management in small-scale fisheries including inland water bodies enhanced;
  • Result 3: Institutional capacity and regulatory framework for aquaculture development strengthened;
  • Result 4: Advocacy, Lessons Learning for knowledge sharing and Capacity for increased investments and fostering reforms in the fisheries sector enhanced.

Promoting innovation, activism and improving knowledge transfer to end-users is considered an effective approach in implementing Result 4 for progressive integration of fisheries and aquaculture in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda and linkages for investment across Africa. To this effect AU-IBAR would like to commemorate the significance of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa through the publication of a Special December 2016 Edition of the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA).

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Consultative Workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management West and Central African Regions

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants at the Consultative Workshop.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants at the Consultative Workshop.Yaoundé, Cameroun, 7th to 10th December, 2015. The Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS) placed emphasis on jumpstarting market-led sustainable aquaculture through a variety of strategies and, where appropriate, support interventionist development approaches supported by strong strategic and implementation plans. In this regard the importance of strengthening capacities and policy frameworks for environmental monitoring, habitat and ecosystems preservation in aquaculture practices is emphasised.

In line with above, the Fisheries Governance Project currently being implemented by AU-IBAR, has provided for an activity to develop Regional Frameworks on Environmental Management for Aquaculture. For sustainable aquaculture development at this level, there is need to develop and implement strategic sectoral environment management approaches that do not just focus at the farm but also factor in the wider environment. Aquaculture practice is dependent upon the health of entire ecosystem. Effecting sustainable aquaculture development encompassing the principles of Ecosystem Approach in Aquaculture EAA) therefore requires transboundary initiatives. Common, coherent and practical regional frameworks and policies that promote the development and practice of aquaculture within watershed resource limits in this case are critical. Having such guidelines in place will enable member states make appropriate and more realistic aquaculture development plans, approve appropriate projects and institute environmental management assessments more effectively.