WorldFish and Skretting sign MoU to develop aquaculture in Africa

WorldFish and Skretting have solidified their growing partnership to address food and nutrition security in Africa through collaborative aquaculture support and innovation.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the world population will reach 9.8 billion by 2050. It is predicted that half of this growth will come from nine countries, five of those in Africa. To contribute to feeding this growing population, Africa must increase aquaculture productivity at a faster rate than the global average.

The partnership will initially focus on two key areas. The first is understanding and analyzing the structure of the aquaculture industry in Africa. Knowing the different stakeholders involved and their impact on the value chain allows for better decision-making and public policy. The second is analyzing and improving farming practices. The partners will work with a panel of fish farmers to develop best management practices, and test new technologies using mobile applications to gather and feed back data to the farmers to enhance performance.

“We believe that strategic collaborations with the private sector are essential for accelerating the sustainable development of aquaculture in Africa’s developing economies,” says Dr. Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish. “Our partnership with Skretting will enable the scaling of tried and tested technologies and best practices—one of our core goals—paving the way for fish to boost more nutritious diets and secure steady incomes and improved livelihoods across the continent. WorldFish and Skretting share a common vision for how science and innovation must underpin this process, and we will work together to roll out affordable solutions that effectively target and reach the millions of people who depend on fish.”

“Skretting wants to help achieve food security in Africa, a goal that is in line with our mission of ‘Feeding the Future’,” says Rob Kiers,…