Sustainable fish farming will become increasingly important in a world characterised by climate change and an increasing need for food production. Sustainable aquaculture will provide more nutritional food, economic growth and new employment in many countries.

Fish farming is dominated by certain large scale companies and some small scale companies. The small scale producers in developing countries have particular issues with quality control, access to fry, competence development in production, productivity, entrepreneurship, technology, and financing.

Increased profitability for fish farmers on madagascar

On Madagascar Norges Vel is making certain that producers have the possibility to organise so as to get better market access. The business model makes sure that the producers are receiving a larger portion of the profits than they were. Certain producers saw their profitability almost treble.

Cooperation started in 2011 to establish profitable production, organisation, marketing and sale of the largest farmed fish in the world, Tilapia, in freshwater on Madagascar. Production is organised through a business run by the producers themselves.

Through the duration of the project Norges Vel has improved every part of the supply chain. This structure, where the producers have common access to feed, competency, fry, market access and sale is a good example to use in other countries.

Creating well structured and profitable companies

we will continue to support the work of small scale fish farmers and entrepreneurs to develop new and existing initiatives to achieve well structured and profitable businesses.

These are some of the methods we use:

  • Bottom to top mobilisation of local producers and organisations
  • Improve the supply chain from input to market
  • Organise network for partners and small scale producers
  • Strengthen the competency relating to sustainable aquaculture for improved production
  • Secure sustainable economy and financing
  • Implement risk mitigating measures to avoid ecological imbalances