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18 November 2017
Sustainable Integrated Aquaculture Development in Sierra Leone Print
Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00
The fish cum rice, piggery and poultry production projects (SIARP) at Njala University in Sierra Leone seek to develop land use systems through adaptive research and traditional experiences compatible to the cultural and social values of the people. It further aims to improve socioeconomic conditions, reduce risks, and generate jobs and income in rural areas. 
Researcher: Dr Olapade Olufemi Julius | Lecturer, Aquaculture and Fisheries Management | Regional Coordinator CORAF/WECARD
Research in Context
Njala University, Sierra Leone, in collaboration with DRUSSA partners,
the University of 
Buea in Cameroon and the University of Ibadan in Nigeria has received a grant of $500,000 for each project from the West and Central African Council for Agriculture Research and Development (WECARD). The three-year grant is intended for the implementation of the Integrated Fish Culture project.
Farming systems that integrate agriculture with aquaculture (IAAS) are expected to make farmers' livelihoods more sustainable. With such systems, the components in the farm's nutrient cycle are used more efficiently. Nutrient losses are reduced, as manure and other farm wastes are used to fertilise the fish pond; the pond sediments are subsequently used to fertilise the crops, of which the residues can in turn be used as fodder for the livestock. 
The project’s adaptive research results are to be disseminated to 300 farmers countrywide. Demonstration plots will be developed in four locations across the countries involved for the training of clusters of farmers. The project is specifically targeting private rural farmers (25—40 percent of whom are expected to be women and other vulnerable people), CBOs, NGOs, research institutions and private entrepreneurs. 
Synthesized project objectives
The project aims to promote among rural farmers commercial integrated fish culture, cum rice, piggery and poultry production as a sustainable and profitable agricultural venture through the introduction of appropriate technological interventions compatible with grassroots experience. It is hoped that the technology will increase productivity, reduce poverty and unemployment, increase the earning power and social statuses of farmers, and sustain judicious and economical use of water, land and other resources. 
Some expected outputs
  • At least 35 percent of trained farmers adopt integrated aquaculture innovation system
  • At least six percent increase in fish and fish products output in the target area
  • Increase in the protein consumption level of the target areas in project countries from six percent to between 10 and 15 percent
  • Six research scientists trained and research students supported
  • At least three research students supported (one per country) 
  • Three capacity enhancing programmes organised for technicians and extension workers (one per country) 
  • Six farmer groups trained (two per country) 
  • At least six instances of value-added technology demonstrated and adopted (two per country)
  • Fish product value chain groups identified (six per country) 
  • Best management and husbandry practices developed (six per country) 
  • Three fish laboratory of host institutions upgraded and equipped (one per country) 
National policy implication
The outcomes of the research projects are expected to influence government decisions on national aquaculture development. The success of this present intervention is also expected to lead to upscaling of the innovation nationally, especially by development partners with bias for aquaculture. 
Implementing institutions and countries
The project is being implemented in Sierra Leone (lead country), Cameroon (collaborating) and Nigeria (collaborating). 
Project coordinators and host institutions 
Dr Olapade Olufemi Julius 
Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management 
Njala University
Sierra Leone 
Tel: +232 33127 364/+23279075427;
Dr Pius Mbu Oben
Department of Geology and Environmental Science; Department of Plant and Animal Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Buea
Tel: +237 77 77 78 93 
Dr EK Ajani 
Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry 
University of Ibadan
Tel: +234 80 68 92 98 35
This project is funded by CORAF/WECARD through the Multi-Donor Trust Fund.


Diana Coates said on 2014-01-27 14:35:50:
Making research findings accessible in the digital environment, and presenting the findings in plain language is an important for researchers at African universities.
It is great to see DRUSSA`s PLATFORM2013 format being used by a consortium of West African Universities, including two DRUSSA universities, Buea and Ibadan.