Fish farming a solution to Kwashiorkor in children

Short description

“Fish farming a solution to Kwashiorkor in children” project is aimed at improving the nutrition of the local people’s children by providing cheap source of fish protein and calcium.

The problem we aim to solve

A key phenomenon is the burden of micro and macro-nutrient malnutrition, and in particular deficiencies in key nutrients such as proteins,  calcium, iron, vitamin A, iodine, and zinc, which is estimated to affect 2 billion people worldwide and most largely from developing countries like Uganda. Pregnant women and young children who are undergoing rapid growth and development are the most vulnerable to micro and macro nutrient deficiencies and, consequently, suffer the greatest adverse effects.

Our solution

Proteins and other fish products are important chemicals of life in brain development, body building and provision of important animal proteins. Fish is the only cheapest source of animal protein free from cholesterol and calcification. The scarcity of fish has reached an alarming level, when you visit the fish market, people are just lamenting when the refrigerated skeletal fish bones is not supplied when they expect it, and how they scramble for it when it arrives is testimony enough of the need and demand for fish. The presence of abundant still water around R. Asaa swamp and already existing ponds are resources with big potential to produce fish which can supply the most parts of Arivu Constituency and other parts of Arua district. All this is caused by rapid increase in population with the increasing fish demand overwhelming the local market supplies. Fish farming is the only way to avert this and save the children and pregnant mothers from deficiency diseases like Kwashiorkor through better farm management practices.

The innovativeness of our approach

The innovativeness of our idea is its ability to conserve the wetlands, demonstrate the feasibility of fish farming, provide enough fish to match with the local demands at a very affordable cost and distribute fish to baby’s homes freely per 30th day of the month once they get old.

With this approach, we will be able to fight the hidden hunger caused by the lack of specific nutrients, like proteins which are vital for growth processes of children and health of expectant mothers.

Technologies and Methods

Reviving Muni University fish farming Club that will become a focal point for providing information on fish diet and one-on-one counseling of local fish farmers. The development of training program supervised with experienced personnel’s in fish farming sector at the District. In addition, a Documentation / Dissemination Plan will be developed by staff to guarantee the systematic collection of information about the operation of the Project and provide the basis for sharing information with other similar projects in Uganda.

Potential Partners

  • Assmann Foundation
  • Young Water solutions
  • Muni University Students’ Guild
  • Arua Municipality
  • National Environmental Management Authority


Das Voting endet am 24. Juni 2018, 23:59 Uhr.

Fish farming a solution to Kwashiorkor in children

Team: Kagame Thomas

Ahabwe Recheal

Biryabaho Onesmus

Atukunda Bernadette

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