The main objective of the Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) is to optimize the utilization of available resources and strengthen the capacity of Member states in order to foster sustainable aquaculture development in Africa as a means to fight poverty, ensure food and nutritional security, create wealth, income and provide youth employment.
The specific objectives include:
- To increase national fish production in order to reduce fish imports and save on foreign exchange.
- To generate, disseminate and facilitate access to aquaculture information in the region for the development of the sector.
- To facilitate access to quality inputs and adoption of appropriate and sustainable technologies for quality seed production, feed formulation and development.
- To stimulate private sector investment as well as public-private partnerships in aquaculture.
- To establish institutional linkages and stronger collaborations among Member states.
- To increase rural income and employment, gender and youth equity.
- To increase and diversify aquaculture production and enhance productivity and profitability.
- To harmonize policies and strengthening regulatory framework and standards.
- To strengthening technical capacities and promote collaborative research and development in aquaculture.
- To develop and promote best management practices to ensure healthy environment and ecosystems in all aquaculture practices.
- To reduce post-harvest losses and ensure quality and safety of aquaculture products.
- To facilitate regional trade and access to markets for aquaculture products.