AquaCAM project is supported by FSPI solidarity fund

The Solidarity Fund for innovative projects, civil societies, la Francophonie and human development (FSPI) is an MEAE instrument for financing bilateral interventions. It operates in the form of project aid in a broad thematic and geographic spectrum. The FSPI supports initiatives in the areas of democratic governance, culture, French language,  higher education and research. It now operates in up to nearly sixty countries and contributes, through a specific mechanism, to strengthening civil societies in the South.


Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development) is an internationally recognised multidisciplinary organisation, working mainly in partnership with countries in the Mediterranean and intertropical zone.UMR 226 ISEM


Fisheries in Cambodia constitute both an integral part of rural livelihoods and a major contributor to the national economy and food security. Fish provides more than 75 % of the total animal protein intake in people’s diets and provide nearly more than 1.5 million full time jobs and involve at least 6 million people in the fishing activities. The goal of the fisheries sector is to maximize the contribution of fisheries to the achievement of national development objectives, especially those related to improving rural livelihoods of the poor, enhancing food security, the sustainable development and equitable use of the fisheries resource base.

The Research Unit “Food Engineering and Cutrition” from the Faculty of Chemical and Food Engineering of the Institute of Technologie of Cambodia (ITC) is involved in Aquacam project.  ITC is a Cambodian public higher establishment founded in 1964. It provides training at technician, engineer and master level in 7 departments: chemical and food engineering, civil engineering, electrical and energy engineering, geo resource and geotechnical engineering, computer engineering and communication.

CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, is an organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. Its activities concern the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, food, the environment and territorial management. Its work centres on several main topics: food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and poverty alleviation. UMR 116 ISEM –

The Royal Agricultural University (RUA) is a public university provides excellent and relevant educational opportunities in agriculture, forestry, animal science and fisheries undertaken by nine through quality instruction, research and extension programs responding to national and global realities to produce globally competitive individuals, support economic development, and promote environmental sustainability.. Two research teams of RUA are involved in the AquaCAM project, Fisheries faculty and the young research unit associate IRD (JEAI-ECOLAND)

The University of Montpellier provides multidisciplinary educational programs and courses, from medicine, biology, chemistry, agro-environment and engineering sciences to political science, business, law and economics. UM works closely with the job market stakeholders, and provides guidance to students to help them build their customized university and professional project. Studying at UM give you the opportunity to prepare for tomorrow’s careers in a world where fields of knowledge application are constantly evolving. The SFC-UM is involved in the training component of the project, it has more than 35 years of experience in professional training in aquaculture, aquariology, fisheries and environmental valuation.

Founded in 1996, APDRA Pisciculture Paysanne is a non-governmental organisation that supports the development of fish farming in Southern countries and raises awareness among Northern actors of the issues that this activity represents in the development of family farming.

APDRA is committed to the service of profitable and sustainable family fish farming for :

  • Strengthen food security and fight against malnutrition;
  • Increase and diversify the resources of family farms;
  • Support professional organizations representing the rural world.

With 20 years of experience in supporting fish farming in humid tropical environments, APDRA has already contributed to the installation of thousands of fish farmers and rice-fish farmers through agricultural development projects in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Benin, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar. Today, in these countries, fish farmers produce fish on a regular, profitable and sustainable basis.

The association has expertise for the entire “project cycle”: project design, formulation, implementation and evaluation. It contributes to economic and human development by working in the following areas of intervention:

  • Supporting producers in setting up fish farms;
  • Strengthening local skills, enhancing existing know-how and training partners;
  • The structuring of professional organizations and the animation of a network of fish farming professionals;
  • Supporting aquaculture innovation through research action programmes,
  • The production and dissemination of references.

It works in close collaboration with national administrations (Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture) and decentralised services to support the construction of national sectoral policies.

Today, it has to its credit the implementation of about forty multi-year development projects as well as the carrying out of many studies (feasibility studies, fish farming potential assessments, impact studies, etc.) in more than 15 sub-Saharan African countries. APDRA’s financial partners are the European Union, the French Development Agency (AFD), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank as well as numerous foundations and associations.

The APDRA brings together technicians (technical assistants, fish farmers, experts) who assist in the development of large-scale fish farming where the main actors are the farmers. Its concern is, therefore, on the one hand, to promote and help disseminate forms of fish farming that meet the expectations of farming societies and, on the other hand, to encourage the creation of producer organizations capable of sustaining and improving the development of fish farming in partnership with other development stakeholders.