Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation (CTA) has decided to support the Nepad fish programme.
Fisheries and aquaculture are regarded critical for the food security of more than 200-million people in Africa. The sector also provides incomes for over 10-million families engaged in fishing, processing and marketing.
A statement from Nepad Secretariat notes that the fisheries sector is developing rapidly, with aquaculture growing exponentially in a number of countries and fisheries changing their production and marketing strategies.
This is in response to the rising demand for fish and new constraints in resource access and productivity.
However Nepad hastens to say: "In spite of its importance and the highly visible changes, there is little understanding of how information in the sector is generated and exchanged."
There is therefore need to identify the constraints that exist for improving knowledge generation, exchange and application, nepad urges.