In Cambodia, institutional (FiA) and academic partners, (RUA, ITC) are involved in joint projects (including an FSPI project “AquaCAM“) that aim to promote the integration of aquaculture into agricultural systems, to prevent and control sanitary risks for livestock and consumption, and to strengthen the technical and scientific capacities of local stakeholders. ASACHA will be supported by existing programmes (JEAI HealthyRice for rice-fish farming, DP ASEA – Agroecology for South-East Asia) and will strengthen our visibility and legitimacy to position ourselves on large aquaculture development projects (CapFish aquaculture programme, €35M)
The AQUABIOS team (Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Health) of ISEM is composed of 17 researchers, engineers and technicians from IRD and CIRAD who are interested in the sustainability of aquaculture. AQUABIOS has an extensive network of collaborations in the South as well as in the North, and benefits from the breeding and laboratory infrastructures at ISEM, which allow numerous experiments and are adapted to the training of students from the South.
Multidisciplinary collaboration network :
In Guinea, ISEM is conducting research on the design of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture systems through its partnership with the NGO APDRA Pisciculture Paysanne. AQUABIOS (ex. DIVA) is currently engaged in these fields within the framework of a commercial and family fish farming development project (Pisco FAM) financed by AFD (2019-2023) which aims, on the one hand, to design mangrove fish farming systems in Maritime Guinea and, on the other hand, to intensify existing fish farming systems in dam ponds in Forest Guinea. Together with APDRA, our main partner is ANAG (Agence National de l’Aquaculture de Guinée).
- National Aquaculture Agency (ANAG)
In Indonesia, AMAFRAH and DGA are the two major institutions in charge of aquaculture research and development. Historical partners of the IRD since 1996, they have acquired a great deal of expertise on the sustainability of aquaculture production systems and their ecological intensification through the many projects that we have carried out together (2 ANR and 2 international projects since 2005).
These partners will play a key role in South-South training and capacity building.
In Côte d’Ivoire, the AQUABIOS (ex. DIVA) team of UMR ISEM is conducting research on the identification and design of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture systems through its partnership with the NGO APDRA Pisciculture Paysanne. The team is currently involved in the European DeSIRA project “Cocoa4Future” (2020-31/01/2025), on an action-research component that evaluates the contributions of fish farming and rice-fish farming to cocoa farming according to a climatic gradient, with a view to co-constructing innovative techniques for the diversification of cocoa production systems. The Jean Lorougnon Guédé University (UJLOG) and the National Polytechnic Institute – Houphouët Boigny (INP-HB) as well as the NGO APDRA are partners in this project. Scientific and technical collaborations will also be carried out in this project with the Centre de Recherches Océanologiques Abidjan (CRO) and the Institut Pédagogique National de l’Enseignement Technique et Professionnel (IPNETP).
In Madagascar, the team’s main partner is the Department of Zootechnical, Veterinary and Fish Research (DRZVP) of FOFIFA (https://www.fofifa.mg/) (National Centre for Applied Research in Rural Development). The latter’s mission is to ensure, define and coordinate research activities in agronomy on the Malagasy territory, in order to generate knowledge and techniques to ensure rural development. In association with APDRA (an NGO whose mission is to support peasant fish farming in the South), we are developing two joint programmes (SWM – https://umr-astre.cirad.fr/recherche/projets/swm, AMPIANA – https://www.dp-spad.org/projets/en-cours/ampiana) which aim to increase the local availability of animal proteins as an alternative to bush meat, in particular through the design of integrated multi-trophic fish farming systems. GDRI-Sud in Madagascar will be strengthened by the SPAD (Systèmes de Production d’Altitude et Durabilité à Madagascar) partnership.
- Department of Zootechnical, Veterinary and Fish Research (DRZVP – FOFIFA)
In Senegal, the Biology and Ecology of Aquatic Organisms Laboratory (LBEOA) of the University Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (IUPA) https://www.ucad.sn is working on the selection of medicinal plants and herbs that would boost the growth and reinforce the immunity of fish (e.g. Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus) to major infections in tropical aquaculture (e.g. Aeromonas spp)
In Vietnam, long-standing cooperation with the Faculty of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NLU) and more recently with the Faculty of Animal Science and Fisheries and Aquaculture (VNUA) allows the GDRI network to be enriched by the collaboration of researchers who are sensitive to the problems of aquaculture sustainability and to open up to very diverse production systems. The CFA is a centre of excellence for fisheries and aquaculture in the Mekong Delta and has a strong research collaboration between the South and the North and South to find sustainable solutions for aquaculture.
Vietnamese partners will also play an important role in South-South exchanges.