The project aims to promote sustainable management of fisheries resources within the blue economy context to improve food and nutritional security, create employment through value chain activities, facilitate intra-regional trade, and build adaptive capacity to climate change for resilience. It is housed under the Directorate of the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate of the SADC secretariat which is headed by Mr. Domingos Gove. It contributes to the AfDBs  Climate and Green Growth Strategic Framework and the Feed Africa Strategy.

The project has two main components;


Component I: Improving collaborative governance of transboundary fisheries and genetic resources.

This component has two sub-components; 

  1. Sub component I- Promote genetic improvement and aquaculture programs/regional hatchery support and training. 
    WorldFish supported by partners will deliver on the genetic improvement support package for aquaculture industry development within the SADC region.  
    Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique

  2. Sub component II-Digital fisheries and information systems and knowledge sharing platform for manager and value chain actors.
    The component aims at addressing climate variability induced risks, building climate resilience and institutional adaptability to shocks critical to strengthening institutional capacity and knowledge towards adaptation and mitigation of impacts of climate change and building resilience to other vulnerabilities to the aquatic food systems sector in this region.
    Using high-quality national and/or global climate datasets, weather and climate-related risk factors will be identified and their spatial and inter/intra-seasonal variability, statistical incidence, and trends will be characterized to manage climate risks. 
    Zambia, Malawi



Component II: Nutrition 

Promotion of National and Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Tradable/Nutritious Food Products Focusing on SMEs, Linkages with Eco-tourism, and Market Connectivity to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
The component aims at enabling transformation through the aquatic food systems framework to address the food and nutrition security of SADC nations through two Objectives: 

  1. Strengthen the availability and accessibility of nutritious aquatic food products to communities in the SADC region.
  2. Improve supply chain, markets and policy.

Tanzania, Zambia







  • Abacus Bio
  • Aquatic Bio Solutions
  • Climate Change Department
  • Department of Fisheries
  • Meteorological Department 
  • University of Stellenbosch


Project Components 

Component I

Sub component I

  1. Development of regional framework for genetic improvement and domestication best practices
  2. Building capacity of participating institutions.
  3. Support to national hatchery equipment
  4. Support to national research activities on regional germplasm.

Sub component II

  1. Set up an open-source regional digital platform for data and info sharing and coordination and related training programs.
  2. Disseminate fish value chain information and sharing application and hands-on training on digital apps.
Component II
  1. Conduct Training Workshops and Create Business Platform for Product Development
  2. Support to SMEs for Scaling-out Production using Business Development Tools
  3. Develop Partnerships, Financing and Promoting Exportable Fish-based Products
  4. Generate Knowledge Products and Communication Tools
14 Life Below Water SDG
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG
2 Zero Hunger SDG
3 Good Health SDG
12 Responsible Consumtion and Production
17 Partnerships for the Goals SDG