The venue will be the Mulungushi International Convention Centre (MICC), regarded as the country’s ultimate Conferencing Centre, with world class facilities for meetings, exhibitions and other social activities. Located in the centre of Southern Africa, Zambia itself is a large, landlocked, resource-rich country with sparsely populated lands. The country is regarded as the “land of the legendary African walking safari” with magnificent natural wonders and boast of having the famous Victoria Falls (shared with Zimbabwe), the wild Zambezi River which feeds Lake Kariba (where major large-scale aquaculture ventures are located) and several other freshwater bodies. Zambia is regarded as one of the safest countries in the world to visit.
The conference offers a great opportunity for aquaculture researchers, practitioners, decision makers and other stakeholders to meet, network and discuss all aspects of aquaculture in Africa. Exhibitors from all over the globe are expected to exhibit their products in the amazing exhibition Center. Visits to some famous touristic attractions in Lusaka and Zambia will be arranged. Special excursionary or aquaculture tours will also be arranged to nearby fish farms (both large, medium and small scale; aquafeeds plants, fish markets and some aquaculture R&D centres. Be sure to schedule time for this unique scientific, business and social event!
AFRAQ23 technical program will aim to cover developmental issues including latest research and developmental aspects on aquaculture in Africa. The thematic plenary and technical parallel sessions will comprise submitted oral and poster presentations. AFRAQ23 will feature an international trade exhibition, industry forums, student sessions and activities, satellite workshops (and training sessions) and various meetings/forums on aquaculture development in Zambia and Africa. The international conference will be centered around the theme “Resilient value chains in the blue economy”, and will feature lessons learnt from Zambia on how the country has managed to weather through many storms, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic to remain one of the fastest growing aquaculture producer countries in Africa.
November 2023 Lusaka, Zambia
Mr. Fisho Patrick Mwale has earned the title of Mr Aquaculture in Zambia having co-founded and pioneered the growth of Yalelo Ltd established in 2011. The company, which he Chairs, has become one of the top aquaculture producers in Africa. Since 2014, Mr Mwale has been the Chairperson of the Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia (ADAZ), an association representing the interests of all aquaculture stakeholders in Zambia, especially industry players. In addition, Mr Mwale occupies Board of Directors positions in various other companies in Zambia. He resides in Lusaka, Zambia.
Dr. Hang’ombe Bernard Mudenda is a Microbiologist and aquatic animal health practitioner working at the University of Zambia, School of Veterinary Medicine where he is actively involved in fish disease diagnosis and prevention. He works closely with the private sector involved in commercial fish farming under the pond and cage culture systems of production. In the public sector, the involvement has been in the drafting of the Zambia National Aquatic Animal Health Strategy and Implementation Plan and setting up of the fish diagnostic Laboratory at the Zambia Aquaculture Research Institute. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the area of fish disease diagnosis and documentation. Internationally, he has been involved in Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome (EUS) diagnosis in Africa and various programs on fish disease prevention with the African Union, Food Agriculture Organization and World Animal Health Organization. Currently the emphasis of his work is on surveillance and monitoring of Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV), Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome and control of Streptococcus like infections in farmed tilapia, through characterization of pathogenic species and host responses.