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South Africa

Food security through aquaculture

About the Implementing organization

Name: Camdeboo Women's Trust

Country: South Africa

Year of establishment: 2009

Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status


The project not only undertakes an awareness campaign on dwindling fish stock or once off training for unemployed rural women and youth, but it recognises the deeply entrenched social behaviours that hinders their full participation in the workplace and tries to overcome these through continuous personal development. This is done before the unemployed people move up the ladder to undertake training & skills development

Nature Element

Oceans / Coasts

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

The project contributes to the conservation of fish species and helps counters the dwindling supply of overharvesting of wild fish in the coastal areas of South Africa. This overharvesting is mainly due to population outstripping supply for local & export market. As a result of overharvesting of wild fish, between 2007-2009, the county import of canned fish products increased by over 300%.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The project contributes to poverty reduction through personal development, training and income generation in an area mired by high unemployment rates and high illiteracy levels. Food security is another area that the project contributes to by providing an alternative source of food for the rural people through fish farming. This will be enhanced through the establishment of aquaponics in the production facility. It has also contributed to gender equality for illiterate women and youth who struggle to find gainful employment


The project has partnered with research institutions to establish opportunities for scale up and replication of this successful initiative. The site is now used as a learning site for those wanting to gain further knowledge not only on aquaculture, but also commercialising the production facility to expand the country's local supply of fish and integrating the local people through personal development and training. The project has received government and private sector support to expand its operations beyond the current foot print area.


There are a number of aquaponics projects in the country implement and as mentioned above, this project has become a learning centre for other projects to replicate their development approach, with many focusing on one or two elements of aquaponics (fish production & food security) and not a holistic approach to development integrating personal development of rural people and commercialising (large-scale) their operations.

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