The 3-year program titled “Accelerating aquaculture development in Ghana through sustainable Nile Tilapia seed production and dissemination,” TiSeed, was launched and will address issues related with tilapia seed and improve productivity and profitability of tilapia cage and pond farming in Ghana, with particular focus on women and youth small-scale fish farmers.
Over the past decade, Ghana’s tilapia farming has experienced tremendous growth in production, contributing to improved incomes for the industry and animal protein for consumers. But loses of over 100 tons of cage-farmed fish in the Lake Volta region in recent months highlight the challenges that Ghana faces to keep growing.
The program covers research, effectiveness analysis, and process and impact evaluation about specific innovations on broodstock development and management, seed distribution, seed quality monitoring, certification system and extension services. The project will be implemented by a consortium of international and local research institutes, led by IFPRI, supported by the Water Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Ghana, KIT Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands and WorldFish. Key industry players such as Aller Aqua Feed Ghana Ltd. will also participate in this project.
TiSeed is funded by the government of the Netherlands and the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH).