& the alleviation of poverty by improving livelihoods
AwF has been established for the specific purpose of promoting and supporting responsible and sustainable aquaculture to assist in poverty alleviation through improving rural livelihoods in developing and transition countries.
In its work, AwF draws on the experience of respected professionals from every relevant discipline.
AwF is unique in devoting all of its resources and attention to aquaculture; however, it does not seek to promote aquaculture in isolation, but as a component of integrated rural and coastal development plans, and of strategies to alleviate poverty.
This website is the home of the UK based Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF).
There are a number of AwF’s in existence and each organisation is independent but operating under the common banner and aims of the charities original founder and our UK charity’s Patron, Mr. Michael New O.B.E.
Additional to the UK there are currently AwF’s based in the USA, Australia and South America.
Aquaculture without Frontiers is now in its second year of operation since its re-establishment as a Charities Commission registered organisation in the UK. In its first year the AwF UK charity obtained a pledge of support for a Vietnamese feed nutritionist to travel to Thailand to attend an aqua feed training course kindly sponsored by Progressus AgriSchools.
The charity also investigated constructing a smallholder project in Nigeria with tri-partite legal documentation between the charity, feed companies and an in-country African smallholders farmers group. This project is to be a support program in the form of small micro-loans for existing farmers in the aquaculture trade in Nigeria. The plan has been presented to the Nigerian group and all liked the principle of this direct contact of AwF with the farmers themselves and they have all expressed optimism about the success of the potential program. Through these discussions news of the potential program has been disseminated and a meeting has been held at Godo blocks guest house, Badagry, Lagos State Nigeria involving a total of 62 farmers from different areas in attendance. Some of the issues discussed were; conditions for being a beneficiary of the potential program, nature of the support, duration and other related matters. Farmers were made to understand that the AwF support is not free money and it will come within a clearly defined programme. It was also explained that the support comes only in the form of direct inputs and supplies together with training, counselling, consultancy and management support. The group understand that it will be required to strongly self-police against non-genuine intentions in order to avoid damaging the whole program. i.e. if one smallholder farmer defaults the next one in line misses out. Key people in the community have been chosen in the interim to lead and pilot the affairs of the group and traditionally micro-loans have record low levels of default.
The news of this potential support has already significantly motivated farmers and some have already speculatively constructed a hatchery for the production of fish seeds in preparation for the potential program. Clearly some people will be sceptical about the success of the program given historical examples of government programs that have not prospered in the past. However the majority of the smallholder community in the region are very optimistic and certain of success because in our case there is no political element to the program and most importantly there is direct contact between the providers and the beneficiaries.
In our second year:
- we have a new small project in the Caribbean to provide on-site training in fish/disease management to struggling fish farmers,
- we have secured 2 x 1-year long student training positions at Taiwan Ocean University (all on-the-ground costs covered) for trainees from Africa,
- we are building a project to support smallholder fish farmers at Cape Maclear, or Chembe, a town on Malawi’s Nankumba Peninsula, at the southern end of Lake Malawi.
Fund raising activities held in 2016-17 include:
VietStock 2016 which was hosted by UBM which in turn held the first edition of ‘Aquaculture Vietnam 2016’. This attracted over 550 delegates to a one-day conference in Saigon in mid-October 2016. Five percent of all sponsorship fees from this event were donated to the UK based AwF charity UBM kindly undertook to support the cost of a Vietnamese feed nutritionist's travelling to Thailand to attend an aquafeed training course kindly sponsored by Progressus AgriSchools
VIV Asia 2017 which was hosted by VIV and VNU which in turn held the first edition of ‘Aquaculture Asia 2017’ attracting 200 delegates to a one-day conference in Bangkok, Thailand on April 14, 2017. Five percent of all sponsorship fees were donated to the UK based AwF charity
Philippines Livestock 2017 hosted by UBM and holding the first edition of ‘Aquaculture Philippines 2017’ attracting over 700 delegates to a three-day conference in Manila on May 25, 2017. Five percent of all sponsorship fees were donated to the UK based AwF charity
Fund raising activities planned in 2017:
1. A half-day ‘Africa Extrusion Seminar 2017’ will be held at the CTICC prior to the World Aquaculture Conference in Cape Town South Africa on June 26, 2017. Five percent of all sponsorship fees will be donated to the AwF UK
2. Aquatic Taiwan 2017 will be held by UBM for the first time in Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre from September 28-30, 2017 for the first time. Five percent of all sponsorship fees will be donated to the AwF UK
3. VietStock 2017 to be hosted by UBM will hold the second edition of ‘Aquaculture Vietnam 2016’ from October 25-27 2017 at the Can Tho International Exhibition Fair Centre (EFC). Five percent of all sponsorship fees will be donated to the AwF UK
Aquaculture without Frontiers UK has joined Charity Checkout to manage donations so that donors can select specific projects to support.
Projects to be supported:
1. 62 small community Nigerian fish farmers through micro-loans to support the purchase of fingerlings, feed and support services being offered by the AwF UK charity. Half these farmers will be supported in the first year and the second group in the following year. To support each farmer costs US$1200 with loans being repaid on the sale or movement of the fish from their farms
2. Support funding for the training of feed producers in formulating and manufacturing fish feeds by feed manufacturers operating in developing and transitional countries.
3.Funding to bring individuals to regional or international aquaculture events to learn about new technologies and visit farming operations that will assist them in their own development
4. Working with other organisations supporting fish feed and fish farming developments in developing and transitional countries
We need your support:
This is an opportunity for everyone within the aquaculture industry who recognises the importance of aquaculture in feeding a growing world population, to support fellow fish farmers in transitional countries who are having to cope with difficult conditions - financial, technological and climatic - within their country, region and/or community. Every contribution no matter how small it is important that it is spent in the right way. AwF UK has the connections to bring this about.
Administration costs explained:
The UK based AwF undertakes to spend all donations received on charitable projects without the deduction of administration costs for such items as office, travel and stay for trustees promoting the charity. These administration costs will be covered by subscription or through separate sponsorship.
Thus donors can select a specific project of the UK based AwF that you wish to donate to in complete confidence that the full amount of your donation will be spent on that chosen activity.
If you would like to make a one-off or a regular donation to support the work of the charity please go to https://aquaculturewithoutfrontiers.charitycheckout.co.uk/
“The need for farmed fish and shellfish production in marine and freshwater environments has never been greater. The oceans will yield no more in wild capture yet global demand inexorably rises as population increases. At the same time the need for the best nutrition for children that fish affords has never been greater or better understood. AwF will work to establish sustainable aquaculture around the globe for the benefit of those most in need."
Goodwill Ambassador to the African Union
New Partnership for Africa’s Development
Philippines three-day Aquaculture conference
The deputy-Chairman of the Aquaculture without Frontiers (UK) CIO, Roger Gilbert, who is also the publisher of International Aquafeed magazine, was invited to provide a keynote address to the 2nd National Aquaculture Seminar ‘Unity in Diversity’ during the Philippines three-day Aquaculture conference between May 23-26, 2017 in Manila, Philippines.
“We had held a successful aquaculture conference for 550 delegates in Saigon, Vietnam in October 2016 and The Philippines wanted to emulate that in Manila this year. The local industry attracted over 700-attendees and it was an honour to be asked to make an opening address on trends in aquaculture and feed production,” says Mr Gilbert.
“We know the world will add another billion people to its global population by 2030 and reach an expected 9.5 billion by 2050. Aquaculture will play an important part in meeting the nutritional needs of these new people to our planet over the coming years and particularly in transitional countries such as The Philippines.”
He not only outlined the current world aquaculture situation and some key trends in equipment and technology, he focused on the need to alert governments and consumers alike about the need for a greater attention to be paid to the production of scientifically-formulated compound feed.
“we have 7.3 billion people on our planet today and we produce just over one billion tonnes of compound feeding stuffs, including 40 million tonnes of aqua feeds.
“I calculate that every country needs to be producing a minimum of 133.6kg of scientifically-formulated compound feed per capita to move out of food insecurity. Compounded feed, with its inclusion of a whole host of very specific ingredients, will lead us to greater food production - particularly protein - that is safer and more affordable than in the past. It will also make our industries more efficient, sustainable and environmentally-friendly. And aquaculture should be at the very heart of that trend.”
Mr Gilbert says the established aquaculture industry has an obligation to support their counterparts, namely fish farmers, in transitional countries in overcoming barriers to growth. Ensuring the highest quality feeding stuffs are available is a prerequisite to that production.
“That is why the magazine International Aquafeed supported the setting up of the UK charity in order to gather in contributions and donations to assist farmers in need both in Asia and Africa.”
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