Learning management and technology for fish farming

Learning management and technology for fish farming

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Several districts around the Tanzanian shores of Lake Victoria severely suffer from overfishing and deteriorating ecosystems in the lake. Local Government Authorities are piloting fish culture techniques and integrate them into district development plans and fisheries investment plans to address this challenge. Supported by UNDP, the programme also includes prior studies to assess the feasibility of planned interventions, the establishment of demonstration sites and the formation of fish farming groups. Learning visits to neighbouring countries, trainings and cost benefit analysis for advocacy purposes allow to further scale up the interventions.

No Poverty , Zero Hunger , Gender Equality , Responsible Consumption and Production , Life below Water

Lake Victoria, the largest lake on the African continent lies between Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. About 35 million people depend on its waters for their livelihood. Initially known as a resource rich home to endemic fish, overfishing in the second half of the 20th century, combined with pollution and the introduction of non native species has led to a rapid deterioration of its ecosystems.

Based on recommendations from a 2014 UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) study identifying institutional, legal and financial bottlenecks for the implementation of pro-poor environmental sustainability, Bunda District has in 2015 included measures to enhance sustainable fish farming in its district development plan. The District also developed an investment plan outlining how to finance the implementation of the district development plan. This is further informed and buttressed by a recent (2016) PEI commissioned study on the costs benefit analysis (CBA) of the nature-based enterprises that confirmed fish farming as a highly environmentally, socially and economically viable enterprise.

As part of the implementation of the plan, the District has identified local champions such as progressive farmers and the National Service and facilitated the formation of 14 fish farming groups (312 members in total out of which 40% are women) with the aim of strengthening local capacities, and enhancing productivity and financing options. Two of the groups have in 2015 applied and received loans of $6,200 combined from Twiga Bancorp to initiate cage fish farming which is a more sustainable fishing option than the current practices.
In March and December 2014, different learning missions took place between institutions from Tanzania and Uganda/Kenya. These knowledge exchanges allowed to study management and technology for fish farming with a specific focus on fish culture techniques between key stakeholders involved in fish farming from Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. This includes district officials as well as local champions and research institutions.
Following these exchanges, the identification of local champions and the formation of the fish farming groups, farmers have been trained on how to operate fish-ponds and use fish rearing techniques. In addition, a demonstration site was established at the National Service, where on-site trainings are conducted for local fish farmers, women’s groups, and Beach Management Units. The National Service also constructed a hatchery for production of fingerlings, which has reduced the cost and improved the quality and constant supply of fingerlings.

Following the piloting of the sustainable fish farming practices, the government and private sector have taken steps to scale-up cage fish farming in Tanzania. So far, 9 private companies have been licensed to undertake fish cage farming in Lake Victoria and the revised version of the national fisheries policy of 2015 aims to promote a conducive and enabling environment for the fish sector

Kenya , Uganda

UNDP

Bunda District Council , Economic and Social Research Foundation , Ministry for Livestock and Fishery

Training of champions on use of aquaponics technology

Training of champions on use of aquaponics technology

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To address challenges of unsustainable harvesting of natural resources and water-source encroachment, UNDP Tanzania supported the establishment of demonstration sites on aquaponics and hydroponics, a learning visit to Kenya for key stakeholders and training of champion farmers with the aim of introducing the technology in Tanzania. Based on the shared Lake Victoria ecosystems, the advanced experience in Kenya provided rich lessons and insights to the prospecting fish farmers in Tanzania.

Zero Hunger , Responsible Consumption and Production , Life below Water

Tanzania's fast growing population of 50 million (including 1.3 million living on Zanzibar) is highly dependent on the environment and natural resources for its livelihood. Especially in rural areas alarming levels of food insecurity persist. Unsustainable harvesting of natural resources, water-source encroachment and unchecked cultivation, coupled with the increasing impact of climate change, pose challenges to maintaining previous achievements and for reaching the SDGs.

Especially in Lake Victoria, decades of overfishing and illegal fishing activities have left the previously extremely rich fish population depleted, degraded fish breeding habitats and diminished the complex biodiversity of the lake, therefore threatening livelihoods of millions of families who depend on the lake for their living. In addition, fish farming has traditionally been a male dominated occupation and women are often excluded from the fishing value chains.

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As part of a poverty-environment-gender mainstreaming initiative, UNDP Tanzania facilitated a study tour in 2015 to Kenya, a pioneer in aquaponics and hydroponics technology across East Africa.

10 key stakeholders (2 women and 8 men), including farmers, district officials, and representatives from the National Service, private sector and research institutions participated in the tour in order to learn from Kenyan farmers and livestock keepers about the hydroponic fodder technology with the aim of introducing the technology in Tanzania.

Upon their return, 31 additional farmers (10 women and 21 men) in the Lake Zone were trained on aquaponics and three demonstration sites were established in the Coast Region as well as Bunda and Bukoba Rural districts around the technology of aquaponics. These demonstration sites are used for on-site learning as other farmers in the districts come to learn about the new technologies, which will allow to produce fish and fodder in a circular system that uses 90% less water than conventional agriculture.

The technology has been localized to suit the local situation. For example, the locally adapted systems are not automated and do not depend on electricity and the temperature and humidity inside the hydroponic fodder system are controlled using only a hydro-net and a hydro-cloth, to ensure higher growth and the best nutritional value possible.

The private sector has also shown interest to adopt the technology. Milkcom Farms, the producer of Dar Fresh products has installed the hydroponic fodder system at their factory at Kigamboni in Dar es Salaam.

Kenya , United Republic of Tanzania

UNDP

National Service and local champion farmers with support from Economic and Social Research Foundation

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