By: Dr Mustapha ABA, Aquaculture Researcher, Morocco.
The importance of human capacity building in aquaculture is increasingly recognized by all stakeholders concerned with sustainable development, thus strengthening aquaculture education, skills development and knowledge support by IFAD Aquaculture in Togo.
In response to socio-economic and ecological political transformations and the challenges of the African demographic transition, States and international development support organizations have finally realized that they must promote mass rural aquaculture training that helps aquaculturists adapt their production systems to aqua-ecological and socio-economic changes.
The challenge has therefore been met and a real mobilization is taking shape at the regional level of the African continent. The objective is to “professionalize the aquaculture sector through the training and use of aquaculture techniques, to enhance the effectiveness of skills, aquaculture training is not only a tool of an economic and social policy, it is also an environmental construction, in order to preserve water resources, the basis of aquaculture production, without forgetting the role that women can play in this sector.
The efficiency of aquaculture is increasingly based on the acquisition of knowledge and productivity increases exponentially as the level of training increases.
Unfortunately, Africa is lagging far behind in the development of the aquaculture sector except Egypt for several reasons, especially the absence of aquaculture training centres, and IFAD’s contribution to Togo is a very good initiative that will boost aquaculture in this country through Elavagnon’s IFAD Aquaculture, which will allow young people to participate in the country’s development by getting involved in aquaculture to meet Togo’s needs in fish.
We hope that IFAD will contribute to the construction of these training centres in other African countries because aquaculture cannot develop in Africa without training!