Cooperation project to improve the food situation in Malawi

Every human has the right to food. Yet, still worldwide 800 millions of people suffer from hunger! Under the management/supervision of Dr. Marina Gebert (Fraunhofer EMB), the research project “Ich liebe Fisch” shall improve the food situation of the Malawi rural population.

The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology and Cell Technology in Luebeck, the Gesellschaft für Marine Aquakultur mbH in Buesum and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi initiated the research consortium. The work is financially supported with 1,25 millions € by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) based on the decision of the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany through the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE).

The goal is to improve the cultivation of a domestic food fish (Oreochromis karongae) as well as to optimize cultivation protocols.  In solar energy supported aqua cultures a local sustainable breeding of stocking fish is the aim, for which local farmers are qualified.

Furthermore, through close interlinking of fish and vegetables generation in integrated aquatic systems (e.g. aquaponics) the efficiency of the fish and vegetables production shall be optimized. This could as a consequence improve the food situation and will open up a value-adding potential for the rural population.