AquaFish is a five-year project funded by the World Bank at the tune of US$6 Million through ACE II programme. The objective for ACE II to strengthen selected Eastern and Southern African higher education institutions to deliver quality post-graduate education and build collaborative research capacity in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region. The AquaFish Centre of Excellence is hosted at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) as it seeks to train a pool of skilled and innovative graduate students to contribute towards improved fish-based food and incomes from aquaculture and fisheries in Africa.
The establishment of AquaFish is in line with, and will significantly contribute to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA), and the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy, to increase human capacity development for aquaculture and fisheries sector growth. These development frameworks recognize the need to increase fish production, to improve fish per capita consumption and subsequently reduce malnutrition and stunting that are prevalent in