Support to Aquaculture Management, Strategy, Visibility, Planning and Project Formulation in the SADC Region

Including a SADC Needs Assessment

Advance Africa provided technical consulting services to the FAO Sub-regional Office for Southern Africa (SFS), as part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and FAO SFS Technical Cooperation Project

Advance Africa provided technical consulting services to the FAO Sub-regional Office for Southern Africa (SFS), as part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and FAO SFS Technical Cooperation Project. The aim was to assist the SADC Secretariat in implementing the SADC Fisheries Programme (2015-2020), the Protocol on Fisheries (2006), and the activities identified in the SADC Regional Aquaculture Strategy and Action Plan (2016-2026). 

Advance Africa were contracted by the FAO to develop an Evaluation Tool to assess the implementation of best management practices for aquaculture in the SADC region. This follows from the previous project, undertaken by Advance Africa in 2018, to develop a set of Best Practice Aquaculture Management (BPAM) Guidelines for the SADC region.

The BPAM Guidelines were developed to promote aquaculture development according to the principles of the FAO Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture. The Evaluation Tool was presented at a workshop in Harare and was met with widespread acclaim for its simple yet robust application, and accepted by the FAO and SADC Member States.

A Needs Assessment was also conducted, as requested by SADC Members to inform the assistance that they require in development of their aquaculture sectors. The Needs Assessment identified and prioritised needs and constraints to aquaculture development. Furthermore, it assessed needs and constraints to inland fisheries management and development, in the SADC Region. This was done through a combination of desktop studies, questionnaires, and direct stakeholder engagement.

The needs assessment identified a number of priority projects for implementation that will enhance these sectors at a country- and regional level. These interventions have been incorporated into an FAO/SADC Programme in Fisheries and Aquaculture in support of SADC, and the FAO SFS is in the process of seeking funds to implement the projects outlined in this programme.