Date: 
09/12/2021 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Location: 
KAMPALA, UGANDA
Description: 
The Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) in collaboration with Landell Mills, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), and WorldFish is implementing the European Union - East African Community TRUEFISH Farming Story in the Lake Victoria Basin Project, financed under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF 11), for the benefit of the East African Community (EAC). The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the development of a competitive, gender-equitable and sustainable commercial aquaculture sector in order to support economic development and sustainable management of natural resources in the Lake Victoria Basin.

The project aims to:

  • Remove impediments to growth faced by investors to ensure a more rapid transition to a more efficient and sustainable sector
  • Address identified challenges and threats which could undermine the sustainability of aquaculture development, or could impact negatively on the environment, food security or livelihoods.
  • Promote harmonized aquaculture development in the region; e.g., through mechanisms for shared experiences, examples, and lesson learning.

 

The Project has three Specific Objectives (SO) (components), which are implemented as follows:

  1. SO1 BUSINESS: to improve access to commercial networks for aquaculture-related businesses (Implemented by Landell Mills.

 

  1. SO2 SKILLS: to increase availability and quality of local skilled workers for the development of aquaculture-related businesses (Implemented by FAO).

 

  1. SO3 SUSTAINABILITY: to improve sustainability and bio-security of regional aquaculture production systems, with three subcomponents: (i) Strengthening aquatic animal health management (Implemented by FAO) (ii) Zoning of Lake Victoria (Implemented by FAO), and ((iii) improved protection of biodiversity (Implemented by WorldFish).

 

The 2nd Project Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for 9th December 2021 in Kampala, Uganda.

 

The Steering Committee is one of the governance and programme management structure in the True Fish Project. It is responsible for reviewing the overall policy and strategic directions of the programme, monitoring the overall performance and coherence between the different components, and providing guidance as appropriate.

 

The PSC meets at least bi-annually and comprises: representatives of the EAC Secretariat (i.e. Agriculture and Food Security Department), representatives of LVFO (i.e. Executive Secretary), representatives of the EU Delegation in Tanzania; representatives of the EAC Partner States (i.e. from fisheries, aquaculture and veterinary control authorities, and fisheries research institutions; and representatives of the private sector / Non-State Actors (such as aquaculture associations). The Programme Coordination Unit officers take part as rapporteurs with the project implementers as observers.

 

The 1st PSC meeting was held on 1st June 2021 in Arusha, Tanzania and was attended by Senior Officials (Directors of fisheries from the three (3) Partner States, LVFO Senior Officers, Training institutions, Private sector, the EU Delegation in Tanzania and the implementing partners: Landell Mills, FAO and World Fish together with other collaborators on the three project components. Among the issues discussed during the 1st PSC meeting was the governance and organizational set up, implementation modalities of EU-EAC TRUE-FISH, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic guidance on the implementation of the project.

 

After the successful 1st Steering committee meeting, the 2nd Project Steering committee meeting will discuss the following issues: -

  1. Matters Arising from the Previous Meeting
  2. Adoption of project documents (M&E and C&V)
  3. Status of implementation, Challenges and progress for both the components and strategic guidance on the three components
  4. Strategic guidance on the implementation of the three component of the project
  5. Financial reports and plans for next reporting period by the project implementers
  6. Way forward among other issues.

 

The PSC meeting proceedings will be uploaded on the LVFO website.