Details announced for Aquaculture Africa event

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Aller Aqua, the AFRAQ23 gold sponsor will sponsor and convene technical sessions on select African country industry experiences on aquaculture, aquafeeds development and farmers forums. As in Egypt last year (AFRAQ21), Aller Aqua will once again feature a large exhibition booth showcasing their brand, products, services and activities in Africa.

What is most unique at AFRAQ23 is the presence of a number of developmental organisations who will be hosting a number of special side-sessions and workshops covering some key thematic areas. On 15 November, the FAO in collaboration with World Bank and Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) will be hosting a special “Africa day” session focusing on crucial topics for advancing the aquaculture sector in Africa, including relevant global and regional processes, technologies and innovations, investment, trade, and value chains as well as partnerships. Various speakers from FAO, partner organisations and projects actors in Africa will be present at this event.

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Program (WISHH), another silver sponsor to AFRAQ23 has organised a Fish Farmers’ Panel Discussion – where operators of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will discuss some elements of developing and strengthening aquaculture value chains for SMEs. WISHH will be bringing a group of SME aquaculture operators from Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania as well as experts from the USA.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has also taken up silver sponsorship role to AFRAQ23. GIZ is implementing a Programme for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture in nine countries (Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Madagascar, Mauritania, India, Cambodia, Mozambique and Ghana) and will convene sessions on aquaculture adaptation to climate change and education for aquaculture: development and implementation of tailor-made training concepts.

WorldFish – another silver sponsor, which has various projects in Zambia and other African countries – will feature strongly at AFRAQ23 where, in collaboration with state and non-state actors in Zambia they will host a special session entitled ‘Thriving food systems through innovative financing’.

Investment opportunities

One of the biggest sessions at AFRAQ23 is on aquaculture finance and investment. The Africa Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), as led by Dr Bernice Mclean will once again team up with Aqua-Spark in hosting the session.

The WAS African Chapter (WAS-AC) will also take the opportunity to physically launch its Africa Student Forum, following recent WAS student policy and strategy changes. A number of exciting social networking opportunities will be outlined for African students. WAS-AC will also conduct its inaugural honours and awards ceremony during the opening ceremony and annual business meeting – where WAS membership and partners and all those interested in the chapter’s activities are invited.

The technical and scientific programme and diverse parallel sessions will be complemented by a major international trade show, while the farmers forums provide an opportunity for producers from around Zambia and Africa to share information on challenges, techniques and new developments. A field trip has been planned to some of the active aquaculture sites in Zambia at Siavonga/Lake Kariba and around Lusaka.

The draft programme grid and sessions at a glance are available here.

Conference details

Venue: Mulungushi International Convention Centre (MICC) 13-16 November 2023Registration: Register online here or visit at (Aquaculture Africa 2023).

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