Profiling the SADC
Advance Africa was contracted by the SADC Secretariat to provide a broad-scale holistic perspective on the issues that either support or constrain aquaculture development in the SADC region.
Aquaculture production in the SADC region has increased significantly over the last 15 years; a range of different candidate species are produced using a number of production systems that require different levels of expertise and technology.
Given increasing demand for fish and fish products and stagnant and/or declining supply from capture fisheries, both regionally and globally, there is significant potential for further growth of the aquaculture sector.
The objectives of the study were to:
(1) Assess status quo and potential for aquaculture value chain development in SADC Member States;
(2) Assess the status quo of the major aquaculture species groups in the SADC region particularly in relation to; markets, marketing infrastructure, production volumes, product forms, price, quality and target consumers;
(3) Evaluate the level of industry attractiveness to understand the key drivers in terms of barriers to entry, production volumes, products, quality, consumers, industry structure, relative market share, vertical bargaining power, natural strategic advantage, and policy and regulation;
(4) Understand risk, price-setting and technology efficiencies/inefficiencies and identify opportunities for improvements; and
(5) Undertake a SWOT analysis of current industry attractiveness and provide recommendations of interventions, including regulatory, policy, socio-economic and quality to address weakness and threats.
The results from the study culminated in the development of a Priority Action Roadmap with key strategies, plans and projects underpinned by a SADC Aquaculture Vision. The roadmap provides a framework by which the significant aquaculture potential of the SADC region, and associated socio-economic and food security benefits, may be realised.