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Initially scheduled for November and postponed due to the global Covid situation, Aquaculture Africa 2021 will finally be held this month, March 25-28, under the central theme “Sustainable Aquaculture – Feeding Africa”.  The 1st Annual International Conference & Exposition of the African Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society (AFRAQ2021) will celebrate in Alexandria, Egypt, as this country is the biggest aquaculture producer in the African continent.

Hosted by the Government of Egypt and WorldFish in Egypt, the AFRAQ2021 will gather aquaculture delegates, both local and international, at the famous Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the conference venue. There, aquaculture researchers, practitioners, decision-makers and other stakeholders will meet, network and discuss the latest research on sustainable aquaculture to boost food, nutrition and income security in Africa. Besides, exhibitors from all over the globe are expected to show their products during the event.

Back wall view of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Photo: Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Back wall view of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Photo: Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

WorldFish support

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The organizers, WorldFish, have emphasized their commitment to exploring solutions that connect social, economic and environmental challenges in developing aquaculture research, technology and innovation for Africa. That’s why, during the event, three of its experts – Colin Shelley (Project Leader), Rodrigue Yossa (Aquaculture Scientist), and Essam Yassin Mohammed (Climate Change Leader) -, will support the goals of AFRAQ2021 by continuing to showcase their research and innovation in aquatic food systems in relation to the WorldFish’s ‘2030 Research and Innovation Strategy’ and CGIAR’s initiative in ‘Resilient Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet’.

Moreover than the international trade exhibition, the event will feature industry forums, student sessions and activities, satellite workshops, training sessions, and various meetings and forums on aquaculture development in Egypt and Africa. The initial program also included two visits to nearby fish farms, but both have been canceled.

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