FISH4ACP

Unlocking the potential
of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

Côte d'Ivoire

Nile tilapia is a tropical species native to Africa, the culture of which can be traced back to ancient Egypt.

It is the main species farmed in Côte d'Ivoire with a yearly production of 3200 tonnes. A typical Nile tilapia farm is small: average production does not exceed 3 tonnes per year and methods used are extensive or semi-intensive.

 Aquaculture production in Côte d'Ivoire amounts to some 4500 tonnes per year. This is less than 1 per cent of national demand for fisheries products, estimated at 577 000 tonnes. It explains why the domestic market relies heavily on imports.

Two of the main constraints to the development of the tilapia production are the availability of quality fingerlings and affordable feed. In addition, most tilapia is sold fresh with no processing taking place to add value.

FISH4ACP aims to make domestic production of tilapia more efficient and increase production to boost the domestic supply of safe and affordable animal protein, while providing job and income opportunities to the rural population, especially for the younger generation.