Attachment Opportunity – Fish Value Addition



The Youth Action in Agriculture Development (YAAD) is a youth organization envisaged to ensure active participation of the youth in the sector, under the context that the youth constitute the larger proportion of the population in sub-Saharan Africa. YAAD with funding from ATD Entrepreneurship Hub (AEH) have come up with business ideas to exploit fish value addition and processing, including fish sausages, in a bid to address the post-harvest fish losses in Malawi. YAAD is looking for a Young intelligent Researcher and Enterpreneur interested in this Value Addition and processing for one month to assist in developing fish sausage and drafting a product commercialization plan. This attachment program forms part of the mentorship program of the YAAD which aims at building the capacities of the youth and young professionals in Malawi and abroad through active engagement in the program implementation process.


The eligible candidate is expected to;

  • Be undergraduate student pursing Food Science and Technology at LUANAR in his/her third or fourth year of study in the 2017/2018 academic year
  • Have knowledge of food processing and capacity to develop food products.
  • Those with proven background of food product development or have once developed sausage from meat or fish protein sources have an added advantage.
  • Be a Malawi resident
  • Be a subscribed member of Youth Action in Agriculture Development (YAAD) or Youth for Fish Program (YFFP), or register with Youth Action in Agriculture Development (YAAD) or Youth for Fish Program (YFFP) after being engaged which has a membership fee of MK5000.

To register, download the membership forms visit Youth Action in Agriculture Development (YAAD) or Youth for Fish Program (YFFP) blog at and  or request application form through email,,

Payment Details

Bank Name    : National Bank of Malawi
Branch           : Lilongwe
ACC Name    : Trustees of African Fisheries Experts Network
ACC No.        : 0001000185837
Swift Code     : NBMAMWMW008

Selection Criteria

The selection of candidates shall be done through a rigorous exercise, consisting of independent reviewers. The basis of selection shall be made on practical experiences and knowledge on food product development.   

How to Apply

The candidates must send their applications to

NEPAD Regional Fish Node

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

P.O. Box 219



ATT: YAAD Coordinator

Email: with copies to; and the email subject should be: Attachment Opportunity

For enquiries and questions: +265 999 942 840 and +265 888 956 503

N.B. To reach not later than Friday the 15th September, 2017

Download Call: Attachment Opportunity(1)



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AquaTrans (Transformation of Aquaculture, Fish Processing and Value Addition In The SADC Region) is the first regional training course being offered by Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) with support from New Partnership for Africa Development – Southern Africa Network for  Biosciences (NEPAD-SANBio) BioFISA  II  Programme  (a Finnish-Southern   African   Partnership   Programme).

AquaTrans aims at providing a platform of knowledge and skills sharing among stakeholders for strengthened capacity in aquaculture technologies and thus contributing towards sustainable aquaculture expertise in the region.

LUANAR through Fish Node and AquaFish Center of Excellence, invites  potential investors,  Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs),  private sector, policy makers, academicians, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and researchers, within the SANBio Member States (Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Namibia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Madagascar and Zambia) to participate in this training. Individuals and organizations/representatives in the SANBio member states are eligible to apply for participation. Women and youths (<35 years) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Topics to be covered

  • Critical success factors for Aquaculture business.
  • Development of Bankable business Plan for Aquaculture business.
  • Operational of Medium large scale Aquaculture business.
  • Successful marketing, processing and value additional of fish and fish products.
  • Field Visit to medium and large scale aquaculture ventures.

Funding Opportunity

SANBio will be able to cover travel, accommodation, lunch and tea costs for 25 participants. Those who are selected will be required to contribute ZAR1851.85 (MWK100, 000/ USD138.89) for international participants and ZAR 1,333.30 (MWK72,000/USD 100) for Malawian participants to cover for  airport shuttles and in country travel from the hotel to training venue during the training. The participants will be responsible for their dinner and visa fees if necessary.

How to apply

Applicants should provide Curriculum Vitae, motivation letter, passport copy and complete application form by Monday 28th August, 2017. 

For inquiries please write the secretariat at or Chimwemwe German at (+265 999 642 431) with a copy to Priscilla Nsandu at (+265 999 253 929).

Download: Application Form and Call for Participation



Background: The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, Gulu University and Egerton University are implementing an eight year program aimed at transforming African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. This is eight year program (2016-2024) and will be supporting students that are economically disadvantaged, those from post-conflict and conflict affected areas of Africa. Interested applicants will undertake their training at Gulu University and Egerton University.

Eligible Programmes: The RUFORUM Technical Committee (RTC) has identified the following priority programs for the academic year 2017/2018 as eligible for application and to be supported.
Gulu University
1. Bachelor of Science in Agri-Entrepreneurship and Communication
2. Bachelor of Science in Food and Agribusiness
3. Master of Science in Food Security and Community Nutrition
4. Master of Science in Agri-Enterprises Development
Egerton University
1. Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
2. Bachelor of Science in Animal Science
3. Master of Science in Community Studies and Extension
4. Master of Science in Agri-Enterprise Development

Who is Eligible to apply:
This scholarship opportunity is open to African students of all race, colour, dissent and who in particular are economically disadvantaged and those coming from conflict and post-conflict areas of Africa. The applicant has to be in position to qualify for admission into undergraduate and/or postgraduate programs at Gulu University and/or Egerton University as listed above. Students already having a scholarship of any kind are not eligible to benefit this scholarship opportunity anyone with a double scholarship if found will automatically be discontinued. Read more

Attention: No payment for application forms prior to submission is required.

Important downloads:

  1. RUFORUM Announcement
  2. RUFORUM Application form
  3. Egerton University Announcement
  4. Egerton University Masters Application form
  5. Egerton University Undergraduate form
  6. Gulu University Announcement
  7. Gulu University Masters Application form
  8. Gulu University Undergraduate Application form

Arab Republic of Egypt and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) empowering young professionals with aquaculture skills

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As part of the mentorship program which aims at building the capacities of the youth and young professionals in Africa and strengthening the bilateral relationship between Malawi and the Arab Republic of Egypt; LUANAR through NEPAD Regional Fish Node nominated 2 staff members who have been supported by the Egyptian government to  undertake hands on training in the field of “Small Scale Freshwater Fish Farming” from 30 July to 11 August 2016 in Cairo, Egypt.  The young professionals nominated by LUANAR to attend training are Miss Thokozire Gwaza and Mr. Spriano Mpango who are Aquaculture and Fisheries graduates and currently working at the NEPAD Regional Fish Node as Research Assistants.

The two weeks training is expected to equip the nominees with knowledge on i) how to incorporate aquaculture activities within production systems, under a context of diversification that makes farming systems more sustainable; ii) how participants can contribute to the diversification and enhanced nutritional value of family diets, securing farmers and their families, working to obtain optimal yields from the exploitation of the land; and iii) how farmers capacity to market their agricultural products, including those of aquaculture origin, which contribute to income generation can be increased.

For more information; email , website,  twitter @fishnode and facebook 

Author: Mr Happy Mussa,

Editor: Ms Msekiwa Matsimbe

World Bank approves 24 new African centres of excellence

The board of the World Bank has approved 24 centres of research excellence for funding in Eastern and Southern Africa. The centres stand to receive up to US$6 million each over five years, financed through a low-interest loan from the bank to their national governments.

The centres will train postgraduates, promote academic partnerships nationally and regionally, and improve governance in their host universities.

Eight countries will receive funding for centres: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The funding will come through loans from the bank’s International Development Association.

Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have four centres each. Kenya has three, Zambia two and Mozambique one.

This is the second round of African Centres of Excellence that the bank funds in Africa—the first crop was funded in West and Central Africa.

The list of winners approved by the board is longer than an interim list of proposed centres produced in January by the World Bank’s African Centres of Excellence II project.

Twenty-three centres appeared on that list, including one in Zimbabwe on sustainable food systems, which is the only proposed centre not to make it onto the winners’ roll.

The reason for this is that the country is not eligible for funding due to it having overdue payments for other schemes, says Xianon Cao, the lead official on the ACE II programme.

He said the centre had been included on the proposed list in January in case the country’s eligibility status changed, or if alternative funding could be found.

In the end, neither option panned out. “We’d been working with our country office in Harare trying to raise money from development partners in the expectation that maybe a couple for centres would be selected. But fundraising was not successful,” he said.

According to a press release published on 10 June by ACE II, the initiative is expected to enrol more than 3,500 graduate students, publish almost 1,500 journal articles, and generate almost US$30 million in external revenue.

The Inter-University Council for East Africa based in Kampala, Uganda, will administer the scheme.

The next steps are for the governments of these countries to draw up agreements with the selected institutions laying out the conditions of funding.

Centres will become operational at different times, depending on how fast they can clear these administrative hurdles.

Full list of centres approved by the World Bank board:

African Center of Excellence for Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation (Climate SABC) Haramaya University
Center for Innovative Drug Development & Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa) Addis Ababa University
ACE for Water Management (ACEWM) Addis Ababa University
African Railway Education & Research Institute (ARERI) Addis Ababa University

Center of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture & Agribusiness Management (CESAAM) Egerton University
Sustainable Use of Insects as Food and Feeds (INSEFOODS) Jaramogi Odinga Oginga University of Science & Technology
Center of Excellence in Phytochemicals Textiles and Renewable Energy (PTRE) Moi University

Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (Aquafish) Center of Excellence Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR)
Center for Public Health and Herbal Medicine (CEPHEW) University of Malawi – Malawi College of Medicine

Center of Studies in Oil and Gas Engineering and Technology (CS-OGET) Universidade Eduardo Mondale

African Center of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development (ACEESD) University of Rwanda – College of Science & Technology
African Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT) University of Rwanda – College of Science & Technology
Africa Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science (ACEITLMS) University of Rwanda – College of Education
African Center of Excellence for Data Sciences (ACE-DS) University of Rwanda – College of Business & Economics

African Center of Excellence for Innovative Rodent Pest Management & Biosensor Technology Development (IRPM&BTD) Sokoine University of Agriculture
Southern African Center for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) Sokoine University of Agriculture
Ethiopia Kenya Malawi Water Infrastructure & Sustainable Energy Center for the Futures (WISE) Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science & Technology
Collaborating Center for Research, Evidence, Agricultural Advancement & Teaching Excellence & Sustainability (CREATES) Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science & Technology

Makerere University Center for Crop Improvement (MaCCI) Makerere University
Center of Materials, Product Development & Nanotechnology (MAPRONANO) Makerere University
African Center for Agro-ecology & Livelihood Systems (ACALISE) Uganda Martyrs University
Pharm-Biotechnology & Traditional Medicine Center (PHARMTRAC) Mbarara University of Science & Technology

Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (ACEEZD) University of Zambia
The Copperbelt University Africa Center of Excellence for Sustainable Mining Copperbelt University

– See more at:



Photo and Video shooting session by Fish Node young professionals and Go Trolly Films

For what use is it to keep all knowledge, ideas and research findings to yourself.  If you intent to make impact and be visible, you cannot escape the power of ICT especially in agriculture. Social media is the current most powerful tool in reaching out to millions at an amazing low cost.


The NEPAD Fish node hasn’t been left behind in the ICT era within its reach. All it needed was to enhance capacities of its youthful staff. It therefore embarked on a training to on social Media reporting in 12 April-13 April 2016, Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Department – Malawi. The training was aimed at equipping knowledge and skills on social media reporting to the 15 young professionals for effective communication, visibility and opportunities for agriculture development in aquaculture and fisheries development. Believing that we do not need to always outsource, the fish node capitalized on existing human capacities to build up other team members. The training was facilitated by Ms Msekiwa Matsimbe, Assistant Technical Coordinator at NEPAD Regional Fish Node, and Mr Dennis Chinkhata, Innovative Fish Farmer Network (IFFNT) Coordinator who have experience in social media reporting in the team. Msekiwa was trained in social media reporting in 2012 by GFAR at the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) while Dennis was trained in 2015 by RUFORUM.


During the training the young professionals were able to practice on use of key social media tools like Facebook, twitter and blogs. It is envisaged that the trained young scientist reporters will have a significant impact on both the dissemination of information from Agriculture research findings and in provoking interactive exchanges between those passionate about agriculture via Twitter. The young professionals are keen to use social media to engage and network with other professionals in Agriculture both nationally and globally.


The Fish node social media platform likes, views, interaction and feedback is skyrocketing and more is expected as the skills are maturing each day.

Social Media Platform (Like/Follow/Hits)
Name of Program Facebook* Twitter* Blog* Instagram*
NEPAD Fish Node 537 292 5,359 32
Youth For Fish Program 843 159
African Fisheries Experts Network (Afri-Fishnet) 1,169
Youth Action in Agriculture Development 86 51

*Click figures to visit site/page


If you need to learn more on current aquaculture and fisheries development initiatives in Africa, fish trade, African fisheries experts’ network in Africa, youth for fish program, youth action in agriculture, and related developments visit any of our social media platforms or send an email to


Keep moving with the dynamic ICT strides for Agri-Impact!

Author: Thokozire Gwaza      Editor: Msekiwa Matsimbe

Opportunity! Become a Student Ambassador in Biosciences!


BioFISA II/SANBio is searching for Student ambassadors in Biosciences from any country in Southern Africa!. Apply Now. For more information, visit our website:

For those in Malawi; Contact the NEPAD Fish Node, a SANBio node hosted at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) under the Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Department.

Download Advert!: SANBio student ambassador poster – Malawi

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