July 4, 2022

 

FAO launches survey for aquaculture in Africa

 

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is inviting a wide range of people who are involved in African aquaculture to fill in a short survey, which aims to collect up-to-date information on aquatic animal health, fish and shrimp diseases, infrastructure and capacity across African aquaculture.

 

As aquaculture across the African continent begins to intensify and commercialise significantly, the financial and environmental impacts (and costs) of fish and shrimp diseases – as well as their potential mitigation, control and biosecurity – are becoming increasingly important and relevant for thousands of people across the African aquaculture value chain, respective governments and beyond.

 

The new survey is part of a four-month consultative process across private, government, education/research and NGO sectors, which is being carried out for FAO by Think Aqua. It has already collected specialist key informant information across ten sub-Saharan African countries, and now wishes to throw the net wider across the continent.

 

The survey's overall aims are:

 

    - To provide an up-to-date evidence base on current/ past status and infrastructure related to aquatic animal health – including biosecurity from farm, national, to regional levels – to inform organisations like FAO and others how they can effectively, and with impact, focus their support and assistance for aquatic animal health across different countries at different levels, benefiting a wide range of people;

 

    - To make available, within personal and organisational anonymities, the analyses and findings across private, government, education/research and NGO sectors, in user-friendly, brief formats for the wider African aquaculture community, through online networks such as SARNISSA and others;

 

    - To firstly inform and increase awareness, and then provide the evidence base for different people and organisations to act on.

 

Responses are welcome both from those currently involved in African aquaculture and those from outside Africa who have worked in the continent in the last five years in areas related to fish and shrimp diseases.

 

"Our aim is to collect and validate up to date information from across a range of African countries where aquaculture is now beginning to intensify and develop commercially," said Will Leschen, who is responsible for the survey. "This information will be anonymised, analysed and shared online as a resource that can be consulted by all those working across the sector, the continent and internationally."
 

The deadline for the survey's entries is July 10.

 

- The Fish Site

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