To meet the future need for food caused by the increasing global population, it is necessary that the current food production increases by 70 percent by 2050.
This will result in a massively increased demand on all food products over the years to come. Especially animal protein products, that are already growing in demand in developing countries due to the general improvement on the peoples’ livelihood.
In Africa, fish is an important food for over 400 million people, contributing essential proteins, minerals and micronutrients to their diets.
Paradoxically, despite the high dependence on fish as a source of animal protein, fish consumption in sub-Saharan Africa is the lowest in the World.
However, the continent is projected to need an additional 1.6 million tons of fish a year by 2015 just to maintain current consumption. This demand will have increased by a further 2.6 million tons a year by 2030.
Most wild capture fisheries have reached their production limit or are over-fishing. The rapid increase in fish supply required over the next decades will only be possible if the fisheries are sustained and improved while simultaneously developing aquaculture.