Accelerating aquaculture development in Ghana through sustainable Nile Tilapia seed production and dissemination

Accelerating aquaculture development – Ghana

This project aims to build on the successes in Ghana’s tilapia cage culture and to accelerate tilapia development through testing interventions to improve the seed system for small-scale cage and pond farmers.

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Consortium

Main applicant: Dr C.R. Ragasa (International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI))

Co-applicants:

  • Dr. J. Newton (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (KIT))
  • Dr. S.K. Agyakwah (CSIR-Water Research Institute)
  • M. Oyih MSc (Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD))
  • Dr. N. Tran (ICLARM (WorldFish))
  • I. Akortia (S-HOINT Limited)
  • P. Safo MSc (Crystal Lake Fish Limited)

Summary

This proposal aims to build on the successes in the Ghana’s tilapia cage culture, and accelerate tilapia development through testing interventions to improve the seed system for small-scale cage and pond farmers, by addressing the research question “How can the production and marketing of high quality tilapia seed be developed in a sustainable and commercially viable manner?” This is done by addressing two objectives: to improve the quality and service level of public and private hatcheries, and to increase access to and use of high-quality fish seed for new or existing producers, with specific attention for women. Research will initially focus on exploratory research to including gender-sensitive seed supply chain assessment and examining farmers’ demand for quality fingerlings for cage and pond tilapia culture, their willingness to pay for quality fingerlings, and the needs for capacity development among hatcheries and farmers. Partly parallel to this process we will start testing business and extension models, and quality assurance mechanisms to implement in the tilapia seed sector. Finally this will be linked to a capacity development strategy and knowledge sharing and dissemination strategy.

Details

Project number

W 08.240.103

Main applicant

Dr. C.R. Ragasa

Affiliated with

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), IFPRI Headquarters

Team members

Dr. S.K. Agyakwah, Dr. K. Andam, Dr. R. Asmah, Dr. J. Benzie, Dr. O. Joffre, Dr. F. Kruijssen, Dr. E. Mensah, Dr. J. Newton, Dr. C.R. Ragasa, A. Rappoldt, Dr. N. Tran, G. Yeboah

Duration

18/02/2019 to 28/02/2022