The FoodTechAfrica projects include a variety of different services, such as training, demonstration & implementation of hardware and research, covering the entire aquaculture value chain.
Training is key to make aquaculture in East-Africa work. Training creates new experienced aquaculture entrepreneurs able to make profitable business cases for hatcheries, fish farms and feed mills. Trainees are the ones who will develop the East-African aquaculture sector, increase interest and boost public and private sector investments. FoodTechAfrica has already provided over 4500 days of training on various topics ranging from feed to hatchery management to entrepreneurship and finance. Training programs are always both theoretical as well as practical to ensure best transfer of information. Collaborating together with local research and education institutes, we provide the strong fundament needed to kick-off the aquaculture sector development.
Technology from the FoodTechAfrica consortium offers profitable aquaculture business opportunities in Africa. Our expertise, knowledge and experiences with hatchery, fish farming and feed milling technology supports the integrated aquaculture chain development in Africa. Technology is adjusted to the local conditions to ensure optimal farm performance. Our experts implement aquaculture technology together with locals and demonstrate its operations. Local companies take over ownership of the technology during the project to ensure sustainability.
Stimulating aquaculture development without local farming inputs being available is like trying to squeeze apple juice from an orange. Inputs need to be in place to stimulate aquaculture sector development in Africa. Therefore, the FoodTechAfrica consortium believes in our integrated value chain development approach; members cover all steps of the value chain. Focus is on the availability of: fingerlings, hatcheries, feed, farming equipment, and technology to guarantee best aquaculture practices.
Utilization of the potential of aquaculture in Africa requires research to local market situations, environmental circumstances and fish farm performances. FoodTechAfrica has conducted extensive market research towards fish supply and demand in East-Africa and the potential of aquaculture and fish. On-farm research again emphasized the potential of aquaculture sector development by showing increased farm performances and profitability, and demonstrating suitability of fish hubs and nucleus farms.
Projects performed by FoodTechAfrica always include multiple activities, companies, knowledge institutes, local stakeholders etc. Good project management is key to a positive impact on aquaculture sector development in Africa. Larive International and its local partners manage all projects from application to implementation to finance to stakeholder communication to reporting and coordination. Involvement in and working with FoodTechAfrica guarantees good project management based on years of experience.