FISH is harnessing WorldFish’s long history of working in African countries, including Ghana and Cameroon, combined with its expertise in fish genetics, to boost aquaculture productivity and enhance nutrition and food security in Nigeria. We will draw on our involvement and support from the African Union InterAfrican Bureau of Animal Resources to deliver this work. Through our partnership with the University of Ibadan, we are providing scholarships to national students and supporting them to conduct research to understand the magnitude of cross-border trade flows between Nigeria and neighboring states.
A current priority in Egypt is the further development and dissemination of the Abbassa strain of Nile tilapia, building resilience and biosecuring the breeding nucleus. In Nigeria, the development of Nile tilapia aquaculture will not only increase production and fish consumption but also lead to higher youth employment, increased household income, improved nutrition and reduced child mortality.
- Harrison Karisa, Country Director, Egypt and Nigeria