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23 Apr, 2018


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The trade in fish and fish products among African countries is becoming increasingly important for the region’s food security and economic development.
World Fish, LUANAR and Department of Fisheries to hold a joint dissemination workshop

World Fish Center, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and the Department of Fisheries will on 27th April 2018 hold a dissemination workshop to share the results of a fish trade research in Malawi.

The trade in fish and fish products among African countries is becoming increasingly important for the region’s food security and economic development. Africa’s regional economic communities (RECs) and the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency have therefore prioritized the strengthening of regional trade and have identified fish and fish products as key commodities for investment and policy support.

Despite the potential of intra-regional fish trade in addressing the region’s food and nutrition insecurity, as well as poverty reduction through wealth creation, this type of trade is often overlooked and neglected in national and regional policy. As a result, intra-regional fish trade has largely remained informal, with low volumes traded by artisanal and small-medium enterprises, most of which are headed by women.

It is against this background that, the Department of Fisheries and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) through the Fish Node implemented the fish trade program research activities from September 2015 to find out the different fish trade routes, if they are mainly formal or informal, and quantifying the value and importance of such a trade in Malawi.

According to Fish Node Coordinator, Professor Emmanuel Kaunda, one of the key result areas of the projects was to generate information on the structure, products and value of intra-regional fish trade in food security in Africa and make it available to stakeholders to help inform policy.

“A team of researchers from LUANAR and Department of Fisheries conducted three main studies of value chain, formal fish trade and informal fish trade across the country, focusing in intra and inter fish trade,” said Professor Kaunda

He said it is against this background that World Fish in collaboration with LUANAR and the Department of Fisheries has organized a dissemination meeting to make available to the various stakeholders the information generated through the Fish Trade Research activities that were conducted in Malawi.

“The dissemination workshop aims at disseminating the results of the fish trade research activities carried out under the Fish Trade Program in Malawi for knowledge transfer to the relevant stakeholders, identify actions for policy makers for improved Fish trade activities in Malawi, get feedback on the research results that could be vital in the successful sustainability of the research work as well as to establish possible partnerships with various stakeholders for future research activities with WorldFish, LUANAR and Department of Fisheries” said Professor Kaunda.

The project was supported by WorldFish Center and AU-IBAR and NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), with the funding from the European Commission (EC) in a programme called “Improving Food Security and Reducing Poverty through Intra-regional Fish Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa”.