Zambia has a high rate of youth unemployment. There are also noticeable disparities between men and women in the labor force, especially a lack of women formally working in the fisheries sector who have received fisheries skills training. The current technical education, vocational and entrepreneurship training (TEVET) system faces several challenges, including developing skills that are relevant to the private sector.
Moreover, there are poor linkages between smallholder fish farmers and the private sector, which makes it difficult to organize smallholders and increase their participation in other aquaculture value chain activities.
It is within this context that the Aquaculture Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training for Improved Private Sector and Smallholder Skills Project in Zambia is being implemented in the provinces of Lusaka, Northern and Luapula. The project is being led by WorldFish as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) in partnership with BluePlanet, Musika and the Natural Resources and Development College (NRDC).
The project has two components:
- Upgrading the fisheries science curriculum (long- and short-term courses) and training tools at the NRDC and developing an online training platform and internship program at the NRDC but with links to other TEVET institutions to scale the upgraded training ‘package’ over the course of the project.
- Enhancing the technical education, vocational and entrepreneurship skills of rural women, men and youth smallholder commercial fish farmers and increasing their linkages to input/output markets and entrepreneurship opportunities via private sector extension support and services delivery.