”We can make a huge difference for the local fish farms”
Aller Aqua is developing a solution that will educate fish farmers around the world.
Today, fish farming is one of the fastest growing food sectors in the world. This is not only good news for the world’s population who demands larger and larger amounts of food. It is also good news for the world’s fish farmers. Aquaculture can help raise living standards in some of the poorest areas in the world. The planet also benefits as fish farming emits only 10 percent of CO2 compared with an equivalent amount of beef.
The Danish fish feed producer Aller Aqua has been producing high-quality fish feed for more than 50 years. Today, the company has six factories spread throughout the world. The largest of these is in Egypt.
“Many people still believe that Africa is only desert, but nothing could be further from the truth,” says Henrik T. Halken, Group Vice President of Aller Aqua. “Some of the world's largest freshwater resources are actually found on the African continent. With a population of about one billion people, it is a natural growth market for us.”
Aller Aqua has long had a strong market position in Africa. However, the challenge is that many farmers still use low quality products and also feed incorrectly:
"If you buy bad fish feed or feed with sprat, you will need a lot of it. If you buy good fish feed like ours, you will need a lot less. However, there are many farmers who do not know this. As a result, they use too much food and miss out on production opportunities. It is bad for water quality and the environment, just as it has a negative impact on profitability,” says Henrik T. Halken.
To ensure proper use of the company’s feed products, Aller Aqua has invested considerable resources in recent years in organizing courses and seminars for local farmers. Knowledge sharing is one of the company’s core values. This has also been the focus for Aller Aqua’s solution in the SDG Accelerator process:
Henrik T. Halken explains: “We can educate the farmers and supplement with ongoing information. This will help local farmers get at head start, scale their production, ensure greater earnings and better living conditions, as well as help them to inspire each other.”
For now, Aller Aqua has chosen Nigeria as a location for a pilot project, as there is a pronounced knowledge gap here. Even fish farmers who have graduated from the university in Lagos are often subject to misleading information. Knowledge sharing can help transform and ensure better fish production to meet Nigeria's growing population.
Knowledge sharing has therefore been the focal point for Aller Aqua's participation in the SDG Accelerator process under the auspices of the UNDP:
“There is no doubt that the actual development of the solution is where we need help the most,” says Henrik T. Halken. “Through the Accelerator process we have received a lot of concrete suggestions, which we did not necessarily consider. We have also discussed topics like funding and communication. We have explored a variety of options.”
Ahead of Aller Aqua is a development process that will result in the first version of the solution:
“Of course, it takes some time to develop a complete solution, but fortunately we have skilled people and we know what we want. As soon as the solution is rolled out in Nigeria and we are 100 percent satisfied, we are ready to conquer the world,” concludes Henrik T. Halken.
This is how Aller Aqua contributes to the SDGs
- Aller Aqua is developing a knowledge sharing solution, which enables local fish farmers to avoid feed waste while optimizing their production by means of targeted training and information.
SDGs in play
- SDG 4: Quality education.
- Target 4.4: Increase the number of people with relevant skills for financial success.
- By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
Facts about Aller Aqua
- Founded in 1910 as part of a grocery business, 100 percent focus on feed for fish farming from 2007.
- Approx. 400 employees.
- Privately owned.
- Geographical presence includes factories in Denmark, Poland, Germany, Egypt, China and Zambia, as well as sales to a total of 60 countries worldwide.
Read more about Aller Aqua here.