NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Robust aquaculture in Africa is key to
alleviating hunger and malnutrition amid declining crop yield
linked to climate change and shrinking arable land, a senior UN
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said on
director of fisheries and aquaculture department at FAO, said
during the inaugural Blue Economy Summit underway in Nairobi
that incentivizing African small-holder farmers to engage in
fish farming will boost food security and their incomes.
fisheries play a vital role in securing nutritious food and
incomes for low income groups. It can be scaled up in Africa but
there should be supportive policies and infrastructure,” said
Barange noted that
fisheries and aquaculture are a critical component of the blue
economy whose growth could contribute to food security and
shared prosperity in Africa.
The FAO official
said that aquaculture in Africa has potential for growth subject
to state incentives to ensure small-holder farmers have access
to fingerlings, capital, storage facilities and markets.
fisheries sector to work, governments must streamline the value
chains to minimize post-harvest losses,” said Barange, adding
that demand for fish has gone up across Africa as communities
diversify dietary habits.
According to the FAO,
an estimated 50 percent of fish consumed globally that
translates into 80 million tonnes is harvested from the farms.
Barange said that
FAO and partners have supported the establishment of dozens of
fresh water hatcheries across the East African region that have
transformed livelihood of small-holder farmers.
Jackline Uku, a
researcher with Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute,
said that aquaculture has gained traction in Sub-Saharan African
region as an alternative to food crops given its enormous
nutritional and financial benefits.
“We need to make our
aquaculture sustainable by investing in research,
infrastructure, farmers training and better market linkages,”
She noted that
Kenyan counties have revolutionized aquaculture through
enactment of friendly policies alongside provision of subsidized
fingerlings to small-scale farmers.
Climate resilient tourism key
to transforming coastal livelihoods in Africa: experts
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
African governments should invest in tourism
projects that promote climate resilience to ensure coastal
communities are shielded from extreme weather events, poverty,
hunger and disease, experts said on Monday.
attending the blue economy conference taking place in Nairobi,
stressed the need for governments and investors to pay attention
to the health of marine ecosystem while constructing tourism
facilities to ensure livelihoods of communities living along
Africa’s coastlines are not disrupted.
“We need to develop
our tourism sector in a green and sustainable manner to ensure
marine resources that support millions of livelihoods are
protected,” Joe Okudo, Kenya’s tourism principal secretary said
on the sidelines of the blue economy summit.
Kenya is hosting the
world’s inaugural blue economy conference that has attracted
around 10,000 participants from 183 countries to explore
innovative ways to harness ocean and inland fresh water
resources to spur growth.
About ten Heads of
State and Government drawn mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa as
well as ministers, industry executives and scientists are
attending the three-day event.
Okudo noted that
tourism, shipping and aquaculture are strategic pillars of the
blue economy whose growth is key to tackle Africa’s hunger,
poverty, disease and ecological crisis.
sound environmental practices should be embedded in the tourism
sector that is heavily dependent on marine ecosystem to thrive,”
said Okudo, adding that Kenya has developed policies to ensure
investments in beach tourism promote conservation of mangrove
should factor the sustainability needs of coastal communities
during utilization of marine resources to grow tourism,
fisheries and shipping.
director in the environment directorate at Paris-based
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),
said that development of tourism should be devoid of ocean
pollution to help protect livelihoods of fishermen.
infrastructure in Africa should be enhanced to ensure it
withstands adverse effects of climate change like sea level
rise,” said Rodolfo, adding that governments and industry have
an obligation to protect marine resources during offshore oil
drilling and construction of tourist resorts along African
should replicate global best practices to green the tourism
sector and ensure economic benefits trickle down to coastal
Douglas Wallace, an
ocean scientist, said that investment in research and public
awareness is key to promoting climate resilience tourism in a
continent with a huge repository of untapped marine resources.
China to support global efforts
to revitalize growth of blue economy: envoy
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
China will rally behind global efforts to promote
growth of blue economy in line with sustainable development
agenda, said a Chinese government official on Monday.
Xu Jinghu, special
representative of the Chinese government on African affairs told
the sustainable blue economy conference under way in Nairobi
that Beijing has supported global efforts to boost growth of
blue economy through improved governance and sharing of
knowledge and expertise to strengthen conservation of marine
“China calls for a
blue economy partnership and the resolution of ocean issues
through cooperation,” said Xu.
Kenya is hosting the
first ever blue economy conference to take place in Africa that
has drawn more than 10,000 participants from 183 countries.
More than ten Heads
of State and Government mainly drawn from Africa,
representatives of multilateral agencies, industry executives,
ministers, scientists and grassroots campaigners are attending
the three-day conference.
Xu said that blue
economy has become an integral component of sustainability
agenda hence the need for key stakeholders to pay enough
attention to the sector.
“Blue economy is
part and parcel to the development of ocean countries and has
already become a new engine of the global economy,” Xu remarked,
adding that prudent use of marine resources is key to achieve
the UN 2030 goals and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063.
The envoy said that
China has supported global efforts to boost growth of blue
economy through improved governance and sharing of knowledge and
expertise to strengthen conservation of marine ecosystem.
“At the same time,
in jointly building the Belt and Road, China will work for
greater complementarity in ocean economy strategies and
industries among countries, share our experience in the
development of ocean economy, actively explore bilateral and
multilateral cooperation ranging from marine resources
development and protection, mariculture, fishery and marine
tourism,” said Xu.
The Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held in Beijing in early
September also adopted an initiative that covers blue economy
cooperation between China and Africa.
Xu said that China
is ready to offer technical and financial support that is
required to spur growth of blue economy in Africa and other