Aquaculture West Africa Policy Briefs (SARNISSA) (2010)

Aquaculture (the farming of aquatic organisms ,including fish, molluscs, aquatic plants and other aquatic products) in sub-Saharan Africa has good potential due to increasing demand for fish and other aquatic products, the decline in marine and freshwater fisheries, favourable natural conditions for fish farming and the availability of relatively low-priced land and labour. The development of aquaculture in sub-Saharan Africa has received much policy and donor attention over the past 30 years, but generally the results have been disappointing.

SARNISSA, an EC funded collaborative research project of European organizations and partners in sub-Saharan Africa, implemented analytical reviews of national aquaculture policies and development programmes of ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Madagascar, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ghana and Ivory Coast) in order to understand why the development of aquaculture remained below expectations and to identify opportunities for improvement. The country studies were implemented by a consortium coordinated by the Aquaculture Institute, Stirling University.  

These two Policy Briefs on Aquaculture in sub-Saharan Africa were prepared by RUAF Foundation on the basis of the results of the SARNISSA studies in the 10 sub-Saharan countries and consultations with local senior officers. The policy briefs provide evidence-based recommendations for governments and other stakeholders to ensure aquaculture fully fulfills its potential in SSA.

The following policy briefs were prepared: 

1.Food for thought; Toward better focused and more effective aquaculture policies English or French
2. Building blocks; Specific development perspectives and support needs of three main aquaculture production systems  English or French