After a month of intensive, hands-on practical learning, 16 students from across southern Africa completed the first Aquaculture Vocational Mentorship Course, held at the Lake Harvest company in Zimbabwe.
Dr. Mary Lundeba (left) and research assistant Esther Lee sorting fish in northern Zambia. Photo by Chosa Mweemba.
Aquaculture in Zambia is a significant industry, contributing around 30,000 metric tonnes, or 27 percent, of the country’s total fisheries production. Despite this, more efforts to farm fish are needed, as the lack of production is a major cause of Zambia’s low fish consumption, says Dr. Mary Lundeba, a WorldFish scientist and field researcher.
In 2018, people around the globe are rallying around the International Women’s Day themes of ‘Pressing for Progress’ and ‘The time is now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’. But what do these calls mean for and in fisheries and aquaculture?