The Second Annual International Conference and Exposition of the African Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society (AFRAQ2023) is scheduled from November 13-16, 2023, in Lusaka, Zambia.
Zambia is one of the top and fastest growing aquaculture producer countries in Africa and has a lot of lessons to share, especially in addressing some of the value chain dynamics affecting the industry today. Thousands of delegates from around the world are expected to converge in Zambia to celebrate achievements in all aspects of aquaculture development in Africa, but also to find solutions to some of the challenges hampering the growth of the sector and explore new opportunities. AFRAQ2023 will provide numerous educational, networking and collaboration opportunities.
The country has recently launched the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy 2022-2026, where aquaculture is expected to further contribute significantly to food and nutrition security, employment creation and foreign earnings through fish exports. The country has stepped up its efforts to create an enabling environment for private-sector investments and is implementing several strategic public-private sector project activities to enhance and strengthen the aquaculture value chains. Consequently, several aquafarms - small, medium to large scale – continue to flourish in the country.
Zambia’s visa and entry formalities are relatively less complex, as most countries are now eligible to either obtain a Visa-on-arrival or apply for an e-visa before traveling. Zambia also has close bilateral relations with several countries from the Asia-Pacific region, most of which have provided capacity-building and industry development support to the aquaculture sub-sector.
An aquaculture tour is being organized to Siavonga, Lake Kariba, where a number of medium to large-scale aquaculture enterprises are based, including one of the largest aquaculture businesses in Africa, Yalelo. This is also where one of Aller Aqua’s biggest aquafeed plant in Africa is based. For those interested in sightseeing, visits to some famous touristic attractions in Lusaka and countrywide, such as Victoria Falls, excursions can also be arranged after the conference.
Aller Aqua is Gold Sponsor of AFRAQ2023. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available. More information is available here.