|FAO Consultant, Mr. Pedro Bueno at KIFI|
Mr. Pedro Bueno visited Namibia as part of his second FAO Mission under the South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme (GCP/NAM/014/SPA) to review lessons and the content of a compendium for aquaculture extension materials from 4 to 20 December 2013.
He visited Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI) from 6-14 December 2013 to review extension lessons that form part of the extension compendium. The most important aspect of his visit was to develop in conjunction with aquaculture and inland fisheries staff from the MFMR a National Freshwater Aquaculture Extension Policy, Strategy and Plan of Action for review by FAOand MFMR and adoption in the Aquaculture Policy of 2001 of the Government of Namibia.
The SSC and the management of MFMR are acknowledged for enabling this activity and facilitating the participation of the various officers that took part in drafting this document. KIFI management is appreciated for hosting the workshop and providing the logistical assistance to the workshop. FAO Namibia, FAO FIRA and DOA provided the guidance to the formulation of this strategic action plan. The farm households dependent on freshwater aquaculture for livelihoods provided the inspiration to our efforts. We, the participants, are grateful to all of them.
This national policy and strategic plan of action for freshwater aquaculture extension aims to provide a sustained and strong support to the Government’s goal of reducing poverty and improving food security by raising the productivity of the people and communities depending on inland fisheries and aquaculture resources for livelihood. Freshwater aquaculture development has been targeted for development to help alleviate poverty, create employment and ensure food security. Aquaculture particularly has been given strong impetus with technological improvements and capacity building. A master plan for the development of freshwater aquaculture (2013-23) has recently been formulated. This strategic plan of action will support the implementation of the Master Plan. In this regard, the extension service for freshwater aquaculture of the Directorate of Aquaculture shall be guided by the strategy and provided the necessary resources for effective implementation of its mandate.
The justification for the strategic action plan and specifically for a strengthened aquaculture extension service is summed up in the mission statement: “Strengthen the capacities of people and communities to adopt, apply as well as adapt innovations to sustain their livelihood assets to improve the aquaculture sector of Namibia so that it supports the development objectives of the aquaculture and the broader agriculture sector to ultimately contribute to national development goals.”
The goal of the strategy and action plan is to improve food and nutrition security at the household, community and national levels. To contribute to this national development priority goal, the strategy shall have an outcome with three results: “Farmers and communities have achieved increased and sustainable production, income and employment derived from aquaculture. The outcome is to be supported by six interlinked outputs, namely, Technology and management practices, options are made available; Access to factors of production facilitated ; Technical services, information support is available ; Human resources are developed; Institutions, organizations are strengthened; and Cooperation is improved with partner organizations and institutions. The outputs are structured to consist of one or two major activities that in turn comprise several sub-activities; the action plan has 35 sub activities. The strategy is estimated to cost a total of 44 million NAD over the five year plan period. Of this amount, 30 million is from the recurrent budget allocation from Government, 12 million is expected to be from project funding, while 2 million will be from a special funding for two evaluations, one on the third year and the other on the fifth year. The MFMR will provide policy guidance to the implementation of the strategy and the Directorate of Aquaculture will manage and implement it as well as have control of its budget.
Among the several expected impacts of the strategy include a responsive and highly motivated freshwater extension service and self-reliant farming communities adopting innovations to attain and sustain higher productivity levels. Both will contribute to rural communities that are resilient and adaptive to natural, biological and economic risks.
The workshop participants:
Social interaction at the year end function at KIFI with Pedro Bueno entertaining aquaculture staff
The complete National Aquaculture Extension Policy and Strategy on
Freshwater Aquaculture of Namibia 2015-2019 will be available on request... once adopted