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Aquaculture and inclusive economic growth in Cambodia and Zambia

This project examined the ways in which aquaculture value chains can contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Zambia and Cambodia. KIT Royal Tropical conducted two studies as part of the VCA4D project, commissioned by the European Union and implemented by Agrinatura.

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Aquaculture value chains: finding opportunities for smart & sustainable investment

KIT’s two studies support the EU commitment to develop value chains that benefit the poor by creating decent jobs and adding value to local and global markets. The overall aim of the VCA4D project is to inform decision makers on smart investments in agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture value chains by generating quantitative data and evidence-based indicators on the sustainability of these value chains from an economic, social and environmental perspective. KIT’s role focused on generating the economic evidence base for aquaculture value chains specifically, while providing overall leadership to the multi-disciplinary teams.

Read the Cambodia analysis

Read the Zambia analysis

Our economic analysis used indicators such as:

In addition, the social sustainability analysis scored aquaculture value chains according to six different domains. The environmental sustainability analysis leveraged a Life Cycle Assessment. The three analyses (economic, social and environmental) were preceded by a functional analysis that mapped the value chain and generated new understanding of the main technical features and governance of the aquaculture value chains in Cambodia and Zambia. Information from the analyses is now being used by the European delegations to guide investments in the aquaculture sector in the two countries.


  • Aquaculture value chain analysis in Zambia

    Although Zambia is endowed with natural water resources that offer significant opportunities, about 50% of the estimated fish demand is unmet. Zambian capture fisheries are operating at a fully exploited or over-exploited level. Aquaculture production is beginning to respond to the ever-increasing demand for fish, along with imports that have increased markedly

  • Aquaculture value chain analysis in Cambodia

    Aquaculture development in Cambodia is recent compared to its neighbouring countries in South East Asia. Production has been growing in the last decade, whilst imports of farmed fish from Vietnam and Thailand remain high. Despite general availability of land and less polluted water in Cambodia, the value chain (VC) is suffering from low sanitary standards […]

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    KIT Royal Tropical Institute addresses development challenges at local, regional and global levels through research that generates new insights and knowledge in our areas of expertise: health, sustainable economic development and gender.