Strengthening Regional Capacity in Fisheries (STRECAFISH)

Eastern Africa region face serious food security challenges. Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda share common problems regarding sustainable management of sensitive and dynamic aquatic ecosystems, as well as facing deficits in high protein food supply and an on-going battle to alleviate rural poverty as well as improve food and nutrition security. The Fisheries sectors which, in the recent past, contributed significantly to securing food and nutrition as well as poverty alleviation though employment and income generation for developing countries has stagnated or declined. Sustainable management of capture fisheries is hampered by trans-boundary issues; yet, institutional networks to share the limited resources in the region are weak. Meanwhile, regional governments are promoting investments into the aquaculture sector as an alternative, but the sector is hampered by low numbers of fit-for-the-demand human capacity responding to fast-moving technological advancements to bolster adoption and up-scaling of technologies and guide sector development.

The proposed project intends to

1) enhance networking among private, public and academic institutions though establishing PPP networking platform and enhance their involvement in curricula development/ realignment.
2) Address lack of vibrant institutional and regional networking in training and research in the aquatic sciences by establishing platform for sharing the limited human and infrastructure resources.
3) Improve training approaches through adopting field-oriented modular approaches and developing regionally relevant and applicable utilising simple technologically versatile audio-visual teaching aids and
4) increase number of fit-for-the-demand human capacity that will respond to fast-moving changes in fisheries and aquaculture sectors by supporting graduate students though student-staff-exchange to undertake critical research and organising tailored training to enhance the capacity of existing extension staff in Eastern Africa.

Overall, the project will build capacity in Higher Education and Research Institutions towards improved response of education to the fast moving aquaculture and fisheries industry. The general objective of the project is to promote regional capacity building and integration of higher education through institutional networking in the field of aquatic resource utilisation and management to ensure improved food and nutritional security through increased fish production and sustainable resource management.

The specific objectives are to:

1) establish educational and research networking that is responsive to the fast moving aquaculture and fisheries industry in Eastern Africa;
2) analyse and realign curricula and support capacity building activities that are fit-for-the demands of the stakeholders
3) foster aquaculture development through tailor-made training of fishery officers, development agents and farmers and develop model aquaculture villages.

Principal Investigator: 
Dr. Peter Akoll
Implementing Partners: 
Makerere University
University of Eldoret, Kenya
University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, Vienna
Eithopian Institute of Agricultural Research
3 years