Empowering Inadequately Served Population Through Sustainable Fish Farming

The “Triple Multiplier Pass-on Effect” is an innovative approach to create project sustainability, maximize project impact, facilitate scalability and coax community adoption of the project.

The “Triple Multiplier Pass-on effect” is an innovative approach used to create project sustainability, maximize project impact, facilitate scalability and coax community adoption of the project. The philosophy incites project beneficiaries to become grass-root donors by passing on a certain percentage of their profits to other vulnerable families. Three circles of beneficiary generations are therefore created as the first direct beneficiary empowers 2 other beneficiaries (subsequent beneficiaries). These subsequent beneficiaries later pass-on to one beneficiary each their by maximizing the project impact. This process turns the rural poor who are beneficiaries into Grass-Root Donors so as to leverage resources mobilization; every beneficiary becomes a potential grass-root donor who empowers others in his community.

PAZESA Horticultural Community has witnessed another bumper harvest of fish on 24th October, 2013 at  Penner Roberts Gardens, respectively, in Chiparamba Agricultural Block of Chipata district in Zambia. 800kgs of fish was harvested from 2 fish ponds belonging to Mrs Felistus Phiri. Felistus Phiri, a 28 year old young woman, keeping 8 children of whom 4 are orphans, who was trained and empowered in fish farming by PAZESA Horticultural Community with financial support from Firelight Foundation of USA, has managed to produce a bumper fish harvest worth over $1, 600 USD from a 500m squared fish pond at a minimum total production cost of $100 USD. Despite the inadequate rainfall, Felistus has prepared to pass-on to 2 other families. She is determined to procure enough agricultural inputs for the next season.

A 500m2 fish pond stocked with 500 brooders (of rendali and andersonii species {poly-culture mixed species}) in December 2012 at a stocking cost of $100 USD produced 800kgs worth $1,600 USD at $4/kg of table-size fish during this partial harvest. The owner of the fish pond, Felistus Phiri, proudly explained that she uses ‘agro-forestry biomass and animal manure’ to fertilize her fish pond.  She still has numerous fish and fingerlings left in the pond. Mrs Felistus Phiri hopes to pass-on to two other fish farmers who she has already identified in order to scale-up the project and leverage resource provision.
The harvest was organized and done by PAZESA Horticultural Community, “Global Innovators Network for Rural Development in Africa” in conjunction with officers from the Department of Fisheries and Chipata Aquacultural Research Station. Mr. Robert Goma, a specialist fish-culturist and Researcher urged other fish farmers to practice sustainable integrated fish farming for poverty alleviation. He said that ‘fish farming has comparatively less labor as compared to other agricultural ventures. Fish farming is highly rewarding, a money spinner, and a reliable bet for poverty alleviation in rural areas. Fish farmers themselves control the pricing, hectarege and productivity as there are no limitations as to how many ponds a farmer should have.  The cost of running is affordable, minimal, reasonable and realistic whilst the returns are always overwhelmingly abundant’. 
PAZESA Horticultural Community practices the Triple Multiplier Pass-on effect strategy to scale-up and maximize the project impact among the rural under privileged (the inadequately served populations). This strategy brings hope to the hopeless rural poor as they economically empower each other, they team up to create a rural community responsibility for poverty alleviation, fight HIV/AIDS and reduce food insecurity in the community. Fish farming provides readily available fish proteins for people living with HIV/AIDS enhancing positivel living through better nutrition. This is a very good income generating activity for people living with HIV because the once established, the costs and labor are minimal as compared to the start-up cost.
Nevertheless, these fish farmers face a lot of challenges especially caused by climate change and predators. Most wetlands dry-up during the dry season which is a threat to fish farming as the ponds dry-up. Otters are also a problem because they invade the fish ponds and eat the fish at night especially during the dry season. These challenges can be mitigated through joint efforts of donors, PAZESA and the community. We need to include a strong component of climate mitigation/resilience, watershed management and water harvesting techniques as well as secure the fish ponds by strong fencing.
PAZESA Horticultural Community therefore urges all donors to support integrated fish farming, combat climate change and empower the rural under privileged through sustainable livelihood skills. Merge fish farming with HIV/AIDS programs, women and youth economic empowerment and rural development to minimize adverse impact and you will never regret.
Special thanks to Firelight Foundation, Department of Fisheries and the US Peace Corps in Zambia for your support.
Let us empowering the marginalized Inadequately Served Populations in rural areas of Southern africa through viable and integrated fish farming
If you are interested to support PAZESA Horticultural Community, the Global Innovators’ Network for Rural Development in Africa, please do not hesitate to contact us on:

pazesacommunity@gmail.com or ginrda@gmail.com

Looking forward for another exciting episode of the activities at PAZESA. 
Enjoy the reading!
Paul Phiri
Executive Director
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