Innovating Zambia’s aquaculture sector boosts food security
Aquatic foods caught and harvested in inland waters have long been an important part of the economy and diets in Zambia, which has 20 percent of its land covered by water. While inland fisheries have historically been the main way Zambians catch and harvest fish, the country’s expanding aquaculture sector has become a complimentary source of income and food and nutrition security.
Zambia’s northern region, encompassing the Northern and Luapula Provinces, is currently home to more than 3,000 smallholder aquaculture farmers and has been selected for further aquaculture development by the Zambian government and development partners. Relative to other regions, the north experiences high rainfall patterns and hosts a network of rivers and larger water bodies suitable for aquaculture production. However, the sector’s capacity is hindered by a lack of suitable infrastructure and operational inputs… Read the rest