WorldFish signed an agreement with Norway aimed at refining, testing, and scaling innovative renewable energy solutions for the aquaculture sector in Egypt. The four-year initiative, named Center for Renewable Energy in Aquaculture (CeREA), is funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Cairo until 2027. The four-year collaboration aims to increase the incomes of 5,000 fish producers, processors and other fish value chain actors through renewable energy technologies.
The initiative, the involved said, reflects Norway‘s commitment to enhancing nutrition, promoting job and value creation and empowering local fish value chain actors with climate-smart technologies, particularly small- and medium-scale fish farmers in Africa.
“We are delighted to sign the agreement with WorldFish. The project will enable 5,000 fish producers, processors and other fish value chain actors to increase their productivity and incomes, leading to a reduction in food waste and loss and promoting the transformation to more energy-efficient and climate-smart food value chains”, said H.E. Hilde Klemetsdal, Ambassador of Norway to Egypt.
“We firmly believe that sustainable development of aquatic food systems holds immense potential in addressing global food security challenges. Through CeREA and our partnership with Norway, we strive to put aquaculture on a low-emission development pathway for healthier people and planet,” assured for his part Essam Yassin Mohammed, Director General of WorldFish.
“The project is a prime example of an initiative that aligns with Norway‘s development cooperation priorities. I am very pleased to see so many important and timely elements, including food security, climate adaptation and gender equality addressed in one program,” added Klemetsdal.
National and international partners
WorldFish has been supporting the Egyptian aquaculture and fisheries sector since the launch of its research and training center at Abbassa in Sharkia in 1998. A key focus of the center has been improving fish genetics and research capacity to transform Egypt into a role model for sub-Saharan African aquaculture development.
In order to maximize the impact of CeREA, the new initiative, WorldFish will work closely with a diverse range of national and international partners, including research institutions, public universities and the private sector.
More than 600 million people in developing nations rely on aquatic foods, which encompass a wide range of animals, plants and microorganisms cultivated and harvested from water bodies. These aquatic resources play a crucial role in supporting livelihoods as well as ensuring food and nutrition security.
CeREA will be a flagship initiative of WorldFish’s Fish for Africa Innovation Hub (FAIH) sited at its Abbassa research center established to develop and deliver cutting-edge innovations in the region. Through FAIH, WorldFish aims to generate 6 million new jobs in African aquaculture by 2030 while promoting climate adaptation, gender equity, and food and nutrition security.
“CeREA is a unique collaboration expected to catalyze the emergence of a cadre of Egyptians who can effectively tackle some of the most critical and complex development challenges in Egypt and Africa using an evidence-based approach,” said Ahmed Nasr-Allah, WorldFish Country Director for Egypt.
Working on sustainable aquaculture for over 45 years
The official signing of the agreement at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Cairo was witnessed by Arild Øksnevad, Counselor and Head of Development and Business Cooperation, and Eithar Soliman, Development Cooperation Advisor at the Embassy of Norway in Cairo, as well as Sameh Ahmed, the Finance Manager, and Menna Mosbah, the Gender Expert and Communications Representative for WorldFish in Egypt.
WorldFish is an international, non-profit research and innovation organization reducing hunger, malnutrition and poverty across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. For over 45 years, their work on sustainable aquaculture and fisheries has improved the lives of millions of women, men and youth.
Fish and other aquatic foods grown in and harvested from oceans, lakes, rivers and ponds provide income for more than 800 million people and provide 3.3 billion with 20% of their animal protein intake. Their focus on sustainability makes sure that the way they produce and use these foods today means a plentiful future of generations to come.