Aquaculture Assessments and Value Chain Pilot Project to Improve Fish Supply, Employment and Nutrition in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (AQUACULTURE VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPEMENT IN D.R. Congo and Northern Angola)


The overall goal is to reinvigorate freshwater aquaculture in DR Congo and Angola, contributing to food and nutritional security and increased rural incomes. The purpose of the project is to assist fish farmers and value chain actors in both countries improve the productivity of existing farms, develop profitable new fish value chains and provide the country with experience in sustainable aquaculture development that can be scaled up. The objectives are to (a) improve aquaculture productivity through development of fish seed, feeding and husbandry systems; (b) identify and support development of fish value chains that enhance benefits to women, youth and vulnerable groups; and (c) to provide a foundation of knowledge on best practices and policy that supports future public and private investment and expansion of sustainable aquaculture and value chains in suitable areas within the two countries. In Angola, the focus will be on the Malanje, North Kwanza and Bengo Provinces. In DR Congo, the focus is on South Kivu and Kinshasa Provinces. The expected outcomes are (a) Introduction of environmentally sustainable aquaculture technologies; (b) Improved access to quality fish seed from a rejuvenated hatchery and nursery system with enhanced fish breeding capacity and improved fish stocks; (c) Development of fish feeds and pond feeding systems; and (iv) New opportunities for employment created for women, men and youth.

Expected results

–         Assess potential capacity of existing hatcheries and identify potential new private-sector hatchery operators –         Support through hatchery BMP training, equipment supply/sourcing, high-quality broodstock –         Facilitate hatchery-fish farm linkages –         Survey species/strain current use in project areas –         Develop genetic management strategies where necessary Identify locations for establishing genetic –         Establish technical working groups on key aquaculture challenges (building on the Innovation Platform) –         Facilitate exchange visits/meetings between researchers and fish farms –         Set up Innovation Challenge Fund for researchers (public and private-sector) –         Survey current management practices and identify training needs –         Develop BMP training modules and train trainers (public sector, NGO and private sector) –         Support BMP training of existing and new fish farmers –         Support existing IYA aquaculture groups and identify and support new groups –         Provide ongoing support (finance, access to sites) for previous IYA trainees –         Survey existing products and demand for finance –         Provide awareness training to finance institutions about finance needs of aquaculture and aquaculture related businesses Publicise the availablility of financial products through producer organizations, BMP trainers and IYA groups –         Carry out detailed market surveys to understand linkages and opportunities for value chain upgrading –         Develop support/empowerment programs for vulnerable actors such as informal retailers –         Commission research on new opportunities for aquaculture-based products –         Identify opportunities for development of SME processing/wholesale/retail businesses. –         Investigate pro-poor product options –         Collaborate with NARS to produce and test market products Disseminate information on pro-poor products to private sector processors –         As part of the Aquaculture Innovation Platform, establish working groups on critical issues –         Facilitate field visits for regulators and policy makers to aquaculture sites –         Assess capacity of public and private sector organizations, including producer organizations –         Provide training and technical assistance support to key insitutions and actors –         Develop linkages with similar organizations in Africa and beyond through study visits and increased communication –         Support the development of new/revised aquaculture development plans in DRC and Angola –         Carry out life cycle analysis studies on aquaculture in DRC and Angola Review aquaculture and climate change policies to take interactions into account

Project locations

D.R. Congo and ANGOLA: Kinshasa and South Kivu Provinces and, Northern Angola


Matungulu, Paul (IITA)

Project duration

Start: 03 April 2017
End: 30 June 2020