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dc.creatorMwema, C.en_US
dc.creatorMudege, N.en_US
dc.creatorLundeba, M.en_US
dc.creatorNankwenya, B.en_US
dc.creatorKakwasha, K.en_US
dc.creatorPhiri, M.en_US
dc.creatorKomugisha, B.en_US
dc.creatorSiamudaala, V.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-05T08:27:56Z
dc.date.available2021-05-05T08:27:56Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationMwema, C. Mudege, N. N. Lundeba, M. Nankwenya, B. Kakwasha, K. Phiri, M. Basiita, R. K. Siamudaala, V. (2021). A review of aquafeed business models and the feed value chain in Zambia and Malawi. Penang, Malaysia: WorldFish. Program Report: 2021-08.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12348/4724
dc.description.abstractOver the last decade, the aquaculture sector in Zambia and Malawi has tremendously grown. The availability of commercial feed companies producing complete commercial feed diets in Zambia has been one of the key factors contributing to the growth of the aquaculture industry. However, the use of commercial feeds among smallholders remains low. Low usage of complete diet feeds by smallholder farmers has been listed as one of the key constraints to improving the performance of smallholder farmers in the sector. This review aims to achieve the following: 1 Understand the constraints to the utilization of commercial feeds in Zambia and Malawi 2. Identify existing opportunities for feed in the aquaculture sectors 3. Understand existing aquaculture feed distribution models in the region, to identify lessons learnt and their applicability to Zambia and Malawi4. Offering recommendations for upgrading commercial feed supply models for Zambia and Malawi Critical challenges in aquaculture for both Zambia and Malawi include access to quality inputs, particularly seeds and feeds, which account for the most significant proportion of the operational costs in aquaculture. Lack of technical knowledge in better management practices is another critical challenge among smallholders. Besides the perceived cost of purchasing commercial feeds, smallholder fish farmers incur high transport costs, as most of the feed distributors are located far from rural farmers. In Malawi, local commercial production of floating feeds is currently nonexistent. Feed producers in Zambia and Malawi import most ingredients in fish feeds, which impact on the prices of commercial feeds. Despite the challenges, the following opportunities exist within the fish feed value chain: developing alternative and cheaper fish feeds, private sector engagement to strengthen feed distribution networks, microfinance and credit solutions, and opportunities for harnessing economies of scale within farmer groups and clusters are some of the opportunities that can be tapped into, to develop the fish feed value chain. There are research gaps that need to be explored in identifying low-cost feed distribution networks. These research gaps include (1) Understanding the critical mass of smallholders needed to make it profitable for commercial feed companies to supply feed (2) Segmentation of fish farmers’ profiles to understand their willingness and ability to adopt commercial feeds (3) Understanding the economic returns in the use of commercial feeds under different market scenarios (4) Identifying options for microfinance and access to cash and in-kind credit for the purchase of commercial feeds. Several feed models that have been successfully used within the African and Asian regions can be piloted and tested in Zambia and Malawi. The first model is a microfranchise model using a network of local agro-dealers as agents (aqua-shops), who equally provide technical knowledge and training to smallholders. The second model is a cooperative model using farmer groups and clusters to buy feed in bulk and sell to both members and non-members; alternatively, aggregate feed orders to achieve the critical mass in feed distribution. The third model involves empowering cooperatives to be small scale feed millers through supporting them with feed milling equipment and training in feed formulation. The different models avail opportunities but also pose challenges depending on the prevailing circumstances.en_US
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dc.languageenen_US
dc.publisherWorldFishen_US
dc.rightsCC-BY-NC-4.0en_US
dc.subjectno povertyen_US
dc.subjectzero hungeren_US
dc.subjectlife below wateren_US
dc.subjectFishen_US
dc.titleA review of aquafeed business models and the feed value chain in Zambia and Malawien_US
dc.typeReporten_US
cg.contributor.crpFISHen_US
cg.contributor.funderDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeiten_US
cg.contributor.funderGerman Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Developmenten_US
cg.contributor.projectPiloting inclusive business and entrepreneurial models for smallholder fish farmers and poor value chain actors in Zambia and Malawien_US
cg.coverage.countryMalawien_US
cg.coverage.countryZambiaen_US
cg.coverage.regionEastern Africaen_US
cg.subject.agrovocfeedsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocvalue chainsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocfishen_US
cg.subject.agrovocmicrofinanceen_US
cg.subject.agrovocsmall scale aquacultureen_US
cg.subject.agrovocdistribution systemsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocsupply chainsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocsupply chain managementen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationWorldFishen_US
cg.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorMwema, C.en_US
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorMudege, N.en_US
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorLundeba, M.en_US
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorNankwenya, B.en_US
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorKakwasha, K.en_US
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorPhiri, M.en_US
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorKomugisha, B.en_US
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorSiamudaala, V.en_US
cg.description.themeValue chains and nutritionen_US
cg.creator.idCatherine Mwema: 0000-0001-8015-5747en_US
cg.creator.idNetsayi Mudege: 0000-0002-0389-1967en_US
cg.creator.idMary Lundeba: 0000-0001-8274-0800en_US
cg.creator.idKeagan Kakwasha: 0000-0003-4251-7449en_US
cg.creator.idBasiita Rose Komugisha: 0000-0002-7257-0286en_US


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