The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), an organization focused on sustainable African agriculture, recently noted the success of its initiative West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP). For people like Alahji Rilwan Monai of Monai village in Nigeria, who fish for their livelihood, WAAPP has provided an invaluable lifelong skill and a reliable income. WAAPP was introduced to Nigeria in 2008 and has already had an effect, according to CORAF. The Program provides training in rural fish farming and has allowed Rilwan to grow from two ponds to thirteen ponds.
This financial security can have a tremendous effect on rural fish farmers. Aquaculture has given financial independence to community members, allowing them to spend their income on important endeavors such as educating the youth, says CORAF of WAAPP.
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Photo courtesy of CORAF.