Zimbabwe is a traditionally non fish eating country lagging behind its neighbours such as Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia. However, with non governmental organizations such as Aquaculture Zimbabwe working in the rural areas promoting fish farming and consumption – there is a general feeling that soon the country will catch up.
Most communities come together and commit to constructing fish ponds that have capacity to supply for in their immediate surroundings. They contribute labour while organizations such as World Food Programme contributes food or cash under programmes such as Productive Assets Creation. Aquaculture Zimbabwe’s role is to facilitate technology transfer and work with the communities during the construction as well as capacity building to ensure proper management of the ponds.
Once completed, the fish ponds are often a source of pride and joy for the owners particularly when they harvest their fish. Somehow the use of fishing lines at harvesting builds group cohesion and brings communities closer together as they gather enough fish to share and in some cases sell to other community members who are not part of the fish farming project.