The PESCA Project
The Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Aquaculture (PESCA) project in Uganda is a co-funded project by the European Union under the 11th Development Fund (EDF) and the government of Uganda. This project aims at making a contribution towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets of the;
- Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food and nutrition security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture;
- Promotes progress towards Goal 1 – End Poverty in all its forms everywhere;
- Goal 8 – Take inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all, 13- Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The project’s financing agreement was concluded on 13th January 2017 is a seven-year (7) project ending on 12th January 2024
The general objective of the project is to contribute to a competitive, job-intensive, environmentally-sustainable, and climate-resilient agriculture sector in Uganda.
Specific objective: to support the development of a competitive, job-intensive, and climate-resilient aquaculture value chain in a comprehensive manner
Purpose: to improve food and nutrition security, increase income and improve livelihoods, promote an environmentally sustainable, inclusive, and climate-resilient socio-economic development, focusing on a market-oriented aquaculture value chain targeting the national and regional markets, and focus on smallholder and smallholders’ associations.
The project has three result areas through which it is set out to achieve the set objectives:
Result 1: Developed policy and regulatory framework (including terms promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, mitigating climate change/environmental impacts, and contributing to climate adaption) and effectively enforced.
Result 2: Enhanced Production and productivity of aquaculture fish and fish products, prioritizing locally produced environmentally sustainable practices and focusing on smallholder and rural livelihoods, and forming giving gender-responsive producer groups.
Result 3: Post-harvest losses are reduced and marketing opportunities for aquaculture fish and fish products are created.
The project is aligned to the National Development Plan II and the Agricultural Sector Strategic plan objectives thus;
- To increase production and productivity of agricultural commodities and enterprises;
- To improve access to markets and value addition and strengthen the quality of agricultural commodities;
The project under the enhancing of production and productivity result area, its implementing the following through grants and works contracts;
Lot 1: Formation of producer Organisations, Preparation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Extension Capacity Enhancement; this lot is focused on devising and supporting activities aimed at improving existing and supporting set up on viable aquaculture producer organisations (POs); and through these POs promoting the adoption of appropriate Best Management Practices (BMPs), enhancing access to more competent and reliable extension services and creating farmed fish marketing platforms including linkages
Lot 2: Establishing a One-stop-Shop for potential investors and undertaking a survey to update aquaculture database/data access systems; this is aimed at addressing the challenges within the value chain at a one-stop-shop
Lot 3: Upgrading the National Fish Feed output, Quality and Reliability; the action is aimed at increasing the output, access and availability and improve utilisation of industrially and on-farm produced quality fish feed in Uganda.
Lot 4: applied research and training in feed, seed and production systems with a commercial perspective; this action is aimed at; 1. Supporting pertinent applied research to solve sector related issues in feed, seed and production systems; 2. Upgrading the fish seed output, quality and reliability through assessing current local producers’ output, improvement of quality through selective breeding program; 3. Establish a suitable aquaculture research station as a training hub for out-growers
The development of two commercial aquaculture Parks (AquaParks) in Apac Tarogali and Mwena- Kalangala for Land and Water-based Aquaparks respectively; these aquaparks are aimed at addressing the food and nutrition security needs of millions of people in the country who will benefit from relatively inexpensive protein, while depleted capture fisheries are allowed to replenish.
In addition, the aquaculture industry, which accounts for over 50 percent of global fish production, is the fastest-growing food-producing sector. Its developing tremendously to become an economically significant industry for the community and the nationals.
The project is implementing the formation of producer organizations, development of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Extension Capacity Enhancement in the following districts; Amuru, Apac, Gulu, Lira, Omoro, Oyam, Arua, Pakwach, Nebbi, Koboko, Budaka, Butaleja, Iganga, Napak, Moroto, Soroti, Mpigi, Lwengo, Kalangala, Masaka, Mukono, Wakiso, Ibanda, Bushenyi, Kabale, Kisoro, Mbarara, Mitooma, Rukungiri, Kanungu, Ntungamo, Hoima, Kasese, Kyegegwa, Busia and Luwero
The project is implementing the upgrading of fish feed output, quality and reliability in the following districts; Apac, Omoro, Oyam, Amuru, Arua, Pakwach, Nebbi, Koboko, Soroti, Budaka, Iganga, Masaka, Mpigi, Mukono, Luwero, Lwengo, Kalangala, Wakiso, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Ntugamo, Kisoro, Kabale, Ibanda, Hoima and Kasese
The project is implementing the baseline study in the following districts; Amuria, Amuru, Apac, Arua, Budaka, Buikwe, Busia, Gulu, Hoima, Iganga, Jinja, Kaberamaido, Kalungu, Kamuli, Kasese, Kitgum, Kyegegwa, Lira, Luwero, Manafwa, Masaka, Masindi, Mayuge, Mbale, Mbarara, Mubende, Mukono, Nakapiripirit, Ngora, Ntungamo, Nwoya, Oyam, Rukungiri, Serere, Sironko, Soroti, Tororo, Wakiso and Kalangala.
The other beneficiary is Kajjansi Aquaculture Research Development Centre through support of the various activities including renovation of the existing facilities for research and training of the value chain actors.
The project is implementing the Aqua Parks in Apac and Mwena-Kalangala.
Video from launch of Uganda Aquaculture Cooperative.
PESCA Research and Training Component
PESCA Booklet 2021 Revised Version
PESCA Project Flier
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- The RPLRP project
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- The Goat Export Project
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“To enhance the contribution of the goat industry to farmers’ income and welfare.”
Avail improved indigenous and exotic (Savannah) goat germplasm to farmers in the project area which will serve as a springboard for establishing a pilot goat export zone in the country
To establish open nucleus breeding herds coupled with systematic cross breeding programme for generating meat goat types for fattening and
Improve the goat management systems and create sustainable supplies of quality goats for internal and export markets.