Uganda to Hold the International conference on Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 in Jinja

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Uganda is set to host the International Conference On Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture to commemorate the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022)

The International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022) was declared in 2017 by the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, with the FAO to serve as the lead UN agency, in collaboration with other relevant organizations and bodies of the United Nations system.

s part of the celebrations for the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022), Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization(LVFO) together with Ministry Of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), GIZ-RFBC Project, Sustainable Fisheries Initiative and others Organisations are co-organizing this big event. 

The conference organized under the theme "Breaking new grounds to recognize and Celebrate the contribution of small scale fisheries towards Food Security and Nutrition" is scheduled for 1st to 3rd September 2022 at Source of The Nile Hotel in Jinja, Uganda - East Africa.

Its expected to attract over 500 participants that will including; scientists, development partners, state actors, researchers, students, practitioners and exhibitors from all over the world.

Whereas the business community is set to showcase their businesses and technologies, Researchers, practitioners and students at different levels ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate among others from Uganda and across the globe, have submitted their research papers for presentation during the conference. Over 200 papers have been received from leading universities and organizations across the globe.

Submissions from Uganda have been received from Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Yalelo Uganda, National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO), , Animal Resources Research Program, ABI Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Directorate of Fisheries Resources, Victoria Treasures Ltd, Busitema University, and Maritime Research Institute ( Namasagali), among others.

And from the rest of Africa and beyod we have; Environmental Management and Economic Development Organization – EMEDO (Tanzania), Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute(KMFRI) and Kenyatta University (Kenya), Department of Fisheries (Malawi), Sengabay Capture Fisheries Research Centre (Malawi), Lilongwe University of Aquaculture and Natural Resources (Malawi), Rhodes University (South Africa), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Zambia), Birmingham University (UK), University of Akureyri (Iceland) and Ghent University(Belgium) among others, that have submitted their papers.

The three days of the conference will comprise plenary sessions with seasoned and re-known keynote speakers, ministerial dialogues, parallel sessions comprising scientific oral paper presentations, poster paper presentations, exhibitions and field excursions among other activities.

The conference is expected to enhance awareness, understanding and actions to support the contribution and sustainable development of artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to food security and nutrition, poverty eradication and use of natural resources, promote a platform for sharing blue innovations, research findings and their translation into practice, dialogue and collaboration among artisanal fishers, governments and other partners to further strengthen their capacity to enhance sustainability, social development and well-being​.

It will also bring together a diverse range of practitioners, scientists, development partners and industry representatives working across different areas of the fisheries across the world to reflect on Africa’ progress in achieving the SDGs and establishing new impetus to achieve sustainable fisheries.

It will foster interactions with development partners, financing institutions and solution providers, and advocate the benefits of collaboration and support towards achieving sustainable artisanal fisheries development as well as contribute to the continuing development and expansion of international, regional and national partnerships and associations, and establish where they do not exist.

This event is for everyone, it will offer an open platform for dialogues, research presentations and technology exhibitions across the fisheries value chain. 

We are excited to see the level of exchange and networking that will take place across the three days of the conference" says Bakora Moses Mujuni, Executive Director - Sustainable Fisheries Initiative one of the organizers of ICAFA2022 Conference.

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