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Malawi to join Africa’s aquaculture conference

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Malawi and other African countries will be part of the maiden World Aquaculture Society (Was) annual conference to happen on the continent next year.

South Africa will host the conference which seeks to highlight the potential of aquaculture production to support economic development and investment opportunities in Africa, according to a media statement posted on the Society’s website this week.

The Society says that aquaculture is increasingly becoming important as an environmentally sustainable way to meet global demand for fisheries products, hence hosting it in Africa for the first time.

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The Society adds that while Malawi and sub-Saharan Africa’s vast inland waters and coastlines, home to a small but rapidly growing aquaculture sector, present a largely untapped opportunity to contribute to the nutrition and socio-economic development needs of the region.

The conference will be held under the theme, Sustainable Aquaculture, New Frontiers for Economic Growth, Spotlight on Africa and will bring together some 3,000 industry, academic and government delegates from the 100 member countries of Was.

During the conference, Malawi and other African countries plan to launch the Africa Chapter, a move that will signal the coming of age of the continents aquaculture and a significant milestone for the global aquaculture community.

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According to the Society, Malawi and other African countries will join the United States, Korea, Asia-Pacific and Latin-American- Caribbean as fully affiliated chapters of the Society.

The conference will balance global and African perspectives, the theme captured in keynote addresses – “Feeding the Nine Billion: The Role of Aquaculture” and “African Perspectives on Aquaculture”– setting the tone for the conference and highlighting the value of aquaculture in global food security.

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