ANAF's 2nd General Congress: Shaping the Future of Aquaculture in Africa

Sun, 14-01-2024 15:00:00

The Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) is set to redefine the landscape of aquaculture across the African continent. From January 15th to 17th, 2024, the 2nd General Congress of ANAF will unfold in Naivasha, Kenya. This convening marks a significant juncture in ANAF's journey, building upon its evolution and crucial milestones since its inception.

ANAF emerged post the 2005 Fish for All Summit, propelled by the imperative need for a robust regional network of aquaculture policy practitioners. Its primary mandate was clear: expedite the formulation of aquaculture strategies intricately woven into national economic agendas. AU-IBAR is supporting the actualization of ANAF's vision for sustainable aquaculture development in Africa, ensuring that African nations receive essential support, tools, and collaborative platforms to enhance their aquaculture sectors in ways that are inclusive, environmentally responsible, and conducive to holistic socio-economic advancement.

A key support facilitated with funding from the African Union Commission through African Union Member States is to convene the 2nd ANAF General Assembly that takes in Naivasha, Kenya, from 15th to 17th January 2024. The gathering seeks to operationalize ANAF's recently adopted constituent instruments and align its objectives with African Union (AU) strategies and policies.

ANAF's role in promoting knowledge uptake, sustainable aquaculture, and advocating policy change aligns with AU frameworks like the African Union Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture (PFRS) and the Africa Blue Economy Strategy.

Goals and Intentions
The imminent congress is poised to introduce and enlighten key stakeholders and Fisheries Directors about ANAF's recent strides. The agenda encompasses divulging revised goals, procedural changes, and upgraded governance mechanisms. The objectives of the General Assembly range from updating delegates on the criteria for appointing National Focal Points to electing a fresh Bureau and Steering Committee. This event is also primed to architect meeting structures, craft a strategic action plan, and delineate ANAF's pivotal role in propelling aquaculture across the continent.

Anticipated Milestones
The congress aspires towards ambitious yet transformative outcomes. These include acquainting AU Member States and stakeholders with constituent instruments, enacting criteria for appointing National Focal Points, facilitating elections for a new Bureau and Steering Committee, and outlining a comprehensive strategic action plan for ANAF's pivotal role in aquaculture development.

Diverse Participation
Comprehensive representation is the ethos guiding this congress of over 100 delegates. AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities, Fisheries Bodies, Intergovernmental Organizations, alongside a spectrum of stakeholders from CSOs, private sectors, and specialized institutions are poised to engage. The inclusive design welcomes experts, organizations, and individuals vested in and knowledgeable about aquaculture development.

A Pivotal Moment for ANAF
This gathering is a fundamental juncture for ANAF as it solidifies its integral role in sculpting the future of aquaculture on the continent. Beyond fostering collaboration, the congress aims to lay the groundwork for sustainable aquaculture strategies. These strategies aim not only to alleviate poverty but also ensure food security and propel rural development across Africa. Stay tuned for the impactful outcomes of this landmark event!

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