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Aquaculture will help millions escape poverty

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Staff Writer | July 12, 2017
A programme to assist 3.5 million people to exit poverty and reduce the number of people suffering from deficiencies in essential micronutrients by 2.4 million has now been launched.
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The CGIAR project, called Research Program on Fish Agrifood Systems (FISH), was launched at the World Aquaculture 2017 conference in Cape Town.

More than 100 delegates from governments, NGOs, international organizations, research organizations and the private sector attended the event, chaired by Dr Motseki Hlatshwayo, Technical Advisor-Fisheries, SADC Secretariat.

Speaking at the lauch, Dr Siphokazi Ndudane, Deputy Director General, Department: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), South Africa said: “The fact that FISH is being launched here in Cape Town underlines the importance of the program to Africa and it underlines the importance of fisheries and aquaculture for Africa.

“Agricultural growth cannot be achieved without a strong research investment, and evidence base. And with FISH we have a new research program that will focus on what remains a huge opportunity for the whole of Africa.”

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