As a federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objective in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries around the globe. In Malawi, GIZ has been working for more than 50 years. Malawi is a priority for German international cooperation and currently focuses on three priority areas: education, health and private sector development in rural areas. In addition to our work on these areas, we also work on public financial and economic management and social protection.
The “Globalvorhaben/ Global Programme Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture” (GV Fish) is part of the special initiative One World – No Hunger of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium far Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit and Entwicklung, BMZ), which aims at reducing extreme hunger and poverty in a selected number of countries. GV Fish contributes to this objective by implementing projects in the field of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture with a particular focus on artisanal practices.
The overall objective of the project “Aquaculture Value Chains for Increased Income and Food Security” (AVC) in Malawi is to support the development of Malawi’s aquaculture sector in selected regions to increase the availability of fish products and income from sustainably operated small and medium size aquaculture businesses. While fish farmers are one part of the target group of the Program, it strives to develop the entire value chain in which these are embedded.
The Program divides into three fields of action (Outputs):
Output A: “More fish more work”: Production from artisanal pond-aquaculture has been increased, entailing a concomitant increase of employment in the sector.
Output B: “Farmer associations”: The organization of farmers in farmer associations has been improved.
Output C: “Sustainable fish”: The political framework required for the implementation of sustainable aquaculture practices, has been improved.