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MissionObjectiveThe main objective of the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA) is to promote the development of inland fisheries and aquaculture in Africa.Functions

The terms of reference of the Committee are:

  • to promote, coordinate and assist national and regional fishery and limnological surveys and programmes of research and development leading to the rational utilization of inland fishery resources;
  • to assist Member Governments in establishing the scientific basis for regulatory and other measures for the conservation and improvement of inland fishery resources, to formulate such measures through subsidiary bodies as required, and to make appropriate recommendations for the adoption and implementation of these measures;
  • to promote and coordinate efforts on a national and regional basis to prevent damage to the aquatic environment, including the prevention and control of water pollution;
  • to assist in the development of fish culture and stock improvement, including the control of fish diseases and the importation of exotic species;
  • to promote and assist in the utilization of the most effective fishing craft, gear and techniques;
  • to promote and assist activities concerned with the processing, preservation and marketing of fish and fish products;
  • to encourage education and training through the establishment or improvement of national and regional institutions and by the promotion and the organization of symposia, seminars, study tours and training centers;
  • to assist in the collection, interchange, dissemination and analysis of statistical, biological and environmental data and other inland fishery information;
  • to assist Member Governments in formulating national and regional programmes to be implemented through sources of international aid to help achieve the objectives referred to in the preceding paragraphs.
Area of competenceInland waters of member countries.
CIFAA area of competence - Inland waters
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries. Dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.
Species and stocks coverageAll species in inland waters of member countries. LanguagesEnglish, French. MembersMembership is open to all African member nations and Associate Members of the FAO selected by the Director General of the Organization on their basis of their active interest in inland fishery development in Africa and of their potential contribution to the effective discharge of the functions of the Committee.

Current membership: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Eswatini, United Rep. of Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


The governing body of CIFAA is the Committee. It normally holds its sessions at intervals of two years. Decisions of the Committee are taken by a majority of votes cast, unless otherwise decided.

The Secretariat is provided by the FAO Regional Office for Africa. It is based in, Accra, Ghana.

Legal framework

The Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA) was established by the FAO Council in 1971 under Article VI-2 of the FAO Constitution. Statutes were amended in 1973 and 1975.

The Rules of procedures were adopted at the First Session of the Committee in Fort-Lamy, Chad, in 1972 and further amended at its Third and the Fifth Session in 1977 and 1983.

Both the Statutes and the Rules of Procedure are available here.



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Ndiaga Gueye

Senior Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer

FAO Regional Office for Africa

Telephone: +233 302 610930 Ext. 41614

Email: [email protected]

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