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The Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA) is a regional fisheries advisory body established by the FAO Council in 1971 under Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the FAO Constitution. The 2007 amendment decreed the inclusion of aquaculture, recognizing its importance to Africa, and changed the name to Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA). Later on, the main objective was extended to address emerging socio-cultural and economic concerns such as biodiversity conservation, climate change, pressure on resources and sustainability.


The original mandate of the Committee was to assist national and regional efforts for the development and rational utilization of inland fishery resources in Africa. Over time, aquaculture has been taken into account and the and the main objective of the Committee became to promote the development of inland fisheries and aquaculture in Africa.

As stated in the terms of reference, the functions of the Committee are the following:

  • 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.

The Committee for Inland Fisheries of Africa (CIFA) was established, under Article VI-2 of the FAO Constitution, by the Council at its Fifty-Six Session, Rome, 7-18 June 1971 (Resolution 1/56).

The Statutes were amended in 1973, 1975, 2007 and 2015. At its Fourteenth Session, held in Accra, Ghana, from 22 to 24 November 2006, the Committee recognized the importance of aquaculture to Africa and the necessity to engage in addressing timely issues on aquaculture. Subsequently, the Committee unanimously recommended the name of CIFA be changed to the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa to depict more accurately its work and activities. The change was endorsed by the FAO Council during its Hundred and Thirty-third Session, Rome, 14-16 November 2007.

The latest amendment of the Statutes in 2015 was made to address emerging socio-cultural and economic concerns such as biodiversity conservation, climate change, pressure on resources and sustainability.

Legal framework 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.


Committee: it is the governing body of CIFAA. 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.

Steering Committee: The Chairman and a maximum of 3 Vice-Chairmen elected by the Committee will act as steering committee during sessions and will hold their positions until new elections.

Subsidiary bodies: the Committee may establish an Executive Committee and such other subsidiary bodies as may be required for the effective discharge of its functions.

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



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Mr. Ndiaga Gueye (Secretary of CIFAA)

FAO Regional Office for Africa

# 2, Gamel Abdul Nasser Road - Accra, Ghana

Telephone: Office +233 610930 Ext. 41614

Telephone: Mobile: +233 261956227

Email: [email protected]

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