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This proceedings include papers present at the workshop held from 5 to 9th Nov 2007 in Accra, Ghana. The areas cover 1)the present state of the catfish industry in Africa 2)Catfish reproductive management and grow out 3)Catfish nutrition and feeds 4)The application of genetic principles to catfish genetic improvement programs 5)Recommendations on how to best approach the issue of genetic improvement programs for catfish.

Advocates of transgenesis consider it an effective means of improving the productivity of aquatic animals. Opponents see it as a threat to both the environment and human health. This is a challenging area because important traits in fish are complex and controlled by multiple genes. Nevertheless, some transgenic lines of "high-growth" tilapia, salmon and carp are nearing the stage at which they could be considered for commercial production.

The food crisis is adding to the misery of countries already crippled by other burdens like drought and HIV. Here people are turning to fish farming, not only for food and income but also as a way to cope with the challenges of HIV — in particular the orphans from AIDS. This video takes a look at WorldFish's work to reduce poverty and hunger in Africa through fish farming.

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