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 experience challenges with quality control, access to fry, competence development in production, productivity, entrepreneurship, technology, and financing.

Increased profitability for fish farmers in Madagascar

In Madagascar, Norges Vel facilitates the organisation of producers to get better market access. The business model makes sure that the producers are receiving a larger portion of the profits than before. The profitability of each producer has now nearly tripled.

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

Throughout the project, Norges Vel has improved each section of the value chain. This model, where the producers have joint 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-up mobilisation of local producers and organisations
  • Improve the value chain from input to market
  • Organise network for partners and small-scale producers
  • Strengthen the competency on sustainable aquaculture technology for improved production
  • Secure sustainable economy and financing
  • Implement risk mitigating measures to avoid ecological imbalances