Zambian aquaculture provides new opportunities for youth
Zambia’s emerging aquaculture sector is set to be a key supplier of fish and other aquatic foods in sub-Saharan Africa. The sector already employs approximately 13,000 people. Its growth presents an economic opportunity for youth, creating jobs along value chains in diverse activities including fish farming, processing, and transport.
Approximately 60 percent of unemployed Zambians are young people between the ages of 15 to 35 years. The high unemployment rate among youth poses a substantial problem to the country’s future productivity, considering that Zambia has an extremely young populace—more than half the population is below the age of 18.
In the past two years, WorldFish’s Aquaculture Technical, Vocational, and Entrepreneurship Training for Improved Private Sector and Smallholder Skills (AQ TEVET) project, with funding provided by Norad and partner Musika, has encouraged the private sector to invest in smallholder aquaculture to develop value chains and increase the need for labor.