Opportunities and challenges for African aquaculture

Starting from a small base, aquaculture production in Africa registered annual growth rates equal to or above those in other regions. This expansion was due to significant increases in a few African countries. Increasing demand coupled with rapidly dwindling catches from capture fisheries, the implementation of novel participatory approaches to technology development and transfer, and the emergence of a few successful large-scale tilapia culture operations directed at the export market offer opportunities for further expansion in both the small-scale and large-scale commercial sectors. Existing biotechnical, economic and institutional challenges, which include lack of national policies to guide aquaculture development, unfriendly investment policies, the absence of linkages between farmers, research/technology development and extension, and unfavorable investment climates, are currently being addressed in a number of African countries. Long-term economic sustainability of African aquaculture will depend on the development and implementation of national policies that ensure the social and environmental sustainability of the industry.


Jamu, D., Brummett, R. (2004)
Use of genetically improved and alien species for aquaculture and conservation of aquatic biodiversity in Africa