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  • :0976 1121
  • :September
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.83, September 2020


Malawi / TRADE

Unsung Heroes

Not only is fish an important part of nutrition in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), but it is also a major–and unrecognized–element of trade

This article is by Chikondi Manyungwa-Pasani (, Department of Fisheries, Lilongwe, Malawi

Fish and fish products are a primary source of protein and essential nutrients in the human diet. Various fish and other aquatic species are available from both marine and fresh water in every country of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. These fish make a significant contribution to the nutrition and food security of people in southern Africa.

A major challenge to nutrition and food security is the increasing human population, particularly in developing countries, and the resultant increase in demand this will generate on already-stretched food resources. The global population is expected to grow by another 2 bn to reach 9.6 bn people by 2050, says FAO’s 2015 State of Food Insecurity in the World report. More than half of this global population growth is expected to occur in Africa. Between 2015 and 2050, the populations of 28 African countries are projected to more than double. By 2100, the populations of five SADC countries are projected to...

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