NEPAD SANBio Fish Node

NEPAD SANBio Fish Node


The NEPAD Regional Fish Node (RFN) was established in 2006 at Bunda College through an application to the Steering Committee of the inter Government network of South African Network Biosciences Initiatives for Bioscience (SANBio) which falls under the NEPAD Science and Technology. The application was made through Malawi Government National Commission of Science and Technology (NSCT) which is part of the SANBio Steering Committee.



To use science, technology and innovative systems to build and strengthen a network of researchers, policy makers, and the private sector in enhancing fisheries, aquaculture production and conservation of fish biodiversity



To be a center of excellence for the coordinating and facilitating of the state of art of research and dissemination on fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa.  


Strategic Goals

  1. To facilitate knowledge generation and dissemination, technology development and adoption for improved livelihood and increased incomes for fish farmers, fishers, fish processors and traders
  2. To enhance networking of researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders for increased and sustainable fish production in Africa
  3. To facilitate policy analysis and dialogue in fisheries and aquaculture for African countries
  4. To enhance quality of education and research in fisheries and aquaculture
  5. To enhance participation of women and youths in fisheries and aquaculture production and management


Current Projects/Initiatives

  1. BioFISA Fish Biodiversity project which is supported by the Finnish (MFA) and South African (DST) Governments through NEPAD SANBio Biosciences initiative
  2. Aquaculture Working Group (AWG)-Partnership for African Fisheries (PAF) funded by DFiD through the NEPAD PAF project
  3. African Fisheries Expert Network (Afri-FishNet) with initial funding from AWG and BioFISA Fish projects
  4. Community Action Research Program -- Enhancing fish production and marketing for food security and rural incomes of small-scale fish farmers in Malawi (funded by RUFORUM)

Fish Biodiversity

The BioFISA fish project aims at obtaining an understanding of the origins and maintenance of indigenous fish biodiversity in Southern Africa through scientific research.

The overall objective of the project is that, by 2015, information on fish biodiversity is readily available and used for decision making in at least five countries within the Southern African NEPAD Region.

The BioFISA fish project is a Finnish-South African Partnership Program whose aim is to strengthen the NEPAD/SANBio network initiatives.


Aquaculture Innovations in the Value Chain

Community Action Research Program (CARP) is implementing a Project "Enhancing Fish Production and Marketing for Food Security and Income of Small-scale Producers in Malawi", with an overall objective of increasing fish production from current level of 750kg/ha/yr to 1,500kg/ha/yr and rural incomes through application of aquaculture innovations in the value chain in Dowa and Mchinji Districts.

The project is working together with 68 fish farmers who own 80 ponds in total (30 in Dowa and 50 in Mchinji districts). As part of capacity building initiative, the project has 1 PhD and 2 Msc students who work together with the fish farmers.


Policy Analysis

PAF: The Aquaculture Working Group was set up in April 2011 within the Partnerships for African Fisheries (PAF) to provide strategic approaches to effective policy development and investment options for more positive performance of the aquaculture sector.

Afri-FishNet: It was launched in 2010 and aims at developing Africa's pool of experts as 'thinktank' in response to the need for increased skills in undertaking research and policy analysis as required by CAADP.


Contact Fish Node

Prof Emmanuel Kaunda (Coordinator)

NEPAD Regional FishNode

Bunda College

P.O. Box 219



Phone: +265 999 510 796/ +265 111 929 645

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