Economics of small-holder fish farming in Africa. A case study from Malawi Public Deposited

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  • The global aquaculture industry has seen dramatic growth over the last two decades, and is forecast to become increasingly important into the next century. The aquaculture output, of the African continent, however, remains low at about 4% of the total. There is a perception of failure where donor assisted projects aimed in stimulating the development of aquaculture operations, particularly in the small-holder sector of Sub Sahara Africa.The reasons for this are complex and poorly defined. They include societal, economic and technological issues and extend beyond the aquaculture sector atone. To gain insight into regional and continental performance, there is a need to understand the behavior of individual enterprises. This paper examines economics of one sub-sector of African aquaculture, focusing on small-holder fish farming in Northern Malawi. The economic viability of station tested models is demonstrated. Case studies assessing existing small-holder fishpond operations and other farm activities are presented in the form of farm budget analyses. The role and limitations of economic analysis and technological models are discussed in the context of constraints faced in small-holder farming systems. Implication for future development assistance are considered.
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  • Steward, J. Alan. 1996. Economics of small-holder fish farming in Africa. A case study from Malawi. In: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 1-4, 1996, Marrakech, Morocco. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2002. CD ROM.
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