Aquaculture is the fastest growing agricultural production sub-sector in the world. Many developing countries including Sub-Saharan Africa are currently actively engaged in establishing different types of aquaculture systems for food and nutritional security, as well as means of income. However, Ethiopia’s involvement in commercial aquaculture is almost negligible. On one hand, the country’s suitable geo-climatic and potential human and aquatic biodiversity resources have not been properly used for aquaculture production. On the other hand, many segments of the population are vulnerable to malnutrition problems and do not have reliable livelihoods. The private sector’s role in alleviating this societal problem and national agenda is invaluable.
The Aquaculture Sub-sector Facilitation unit of ENTAG aims to bridge the gaps in the development of aquaculture in Ethiopia through strengthening private sector associations (PSAs). The ENTAG-Aquaculture component provides technical, financial and material support for local and foreign private investors, young entrepreneurs and small holder fish farmers in Ethiopia. Progress and development of the Project’s activities are shared and discussed in regular quarterly PSA platform meetings. ENTAG is ambitious to give momentum to the aquaculture sub-sector in Ethiopia, and benefit the community. In the meantime, knowledge and technology can be adapted from best practices of other countries. For its interventions ENTAG is working with the Ethiopian Aquaculture Association, EAA.