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Sunday, 14 December 2008
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15th Session of the Committee for Inland Fisheries
and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA)

9 - 11 December 2008 | Lusaka, Zambia

The 15th session of CIFAA took place at Mulungushi International Conference Center, Lusaka, Zambia.
The 15th session of the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) took place from 9-11 December 2008, in Lusaka, Zambia. Issues on the CIFAA agenda included: amendment of rules of procedure; follow-up actions of the 14th session of the CIFAA; CIFAA terms of reference; the proposed abolition of the CIFAA Sub-Committee for Lake Tanganyika; the Special Programme for Aquaculture Development in Africa (SPADA); an inland fisheries development strategy for Africa; securing regional supply in aquatic products: prospects from the FAO post-harvest loss assessment case studies; and strengthening CIFAA within the framework of regional cooperation initiatives. A seminar on information tools in inland fisheries and aquaculture was also held, and participants made a field visit to an aquaculture farm.

The session brought together 41 participants representing: 14 member States; two States with observer status; the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA); the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO); the Southern African Development Community; the New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); the WorldFish Center; the Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa (SARNISSA), and Swedmar.

The CIFAA’s work resulted in a number of outcomes, including: an amendment to the rules of procedure; the postponement of the abolition of the CIFAA Sub-Committee for Lake Tanganyika; the endorsement of the SPADA; the creation of an Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) to develop an inland fisheries development strategy for Africa; and revised terms of reference of the CIFAA. Delegates also adopted the report of the meeting, which contains the summary of the plenary discussions and the seminar.
L-R: Kevern Cochrane, FAO; Chair Lionel Awity of Ghana; Secretary of CIFAA John Moehl, FAO Regional Office for Africa.
Mosi-oa-Tunya ("the smoke that thunders") conference room.
Delegates visited Kalimba Aquaculture Farm, 20 km outside of Lusaka, on Thursday in order to observe local approaches to commercial crocodile and tilapia farming.
Delegates inspect a tilapia at the Kalimba Aquaculture Farm.
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