Chonona Aquaculture

Fostering sustainable and inclusive fish production
2016 SEED Africa Award Winner Sustainable Agriculture Chikwawa, Malawi

Chonona produces and markets diverse fish products from their aquaculture farm, such as table size fish for direct consumption and fingerlings (young fish) for production. The enterprise builds on strong community involvement and local business relations, by locally sourcing farm inputs. The company also provides its local partners with training on aquaculture production.

Chonona promotes sustainable fish farming practices and integrates livestock and horticulture into its production cycle. Furthermore, the enterprise works to diversify its revenues by developing new products and alternative income sources, such as eco-tourism and consultancy services.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Chonona Aquaculture reduces the pressure on the overfished fish stocks of Lake Malawi and integrates local small-scale fish farmers, creating income possibilities for their staff and local fish producers.
  • Increasing local food security and drought resilience through fish products.
  • Diversifying livelihood options of 10 small-scale fish farmers and reducing their dependency on food crops.
  • Improving social participation of 10 women and 20 youths by providing an occupational perspective in aquaculture.
  • Reducing pressure on the natural fish stocks of Lake Malawi by producing more than 7.2 tonnes of farmed fish.
  • Minimising the use of conventional inputs and improving the water conservation capacity of farmland through an integrated farm approach, this includes the afforestation of more than 1,000 trees and vegetable plantations.
  • Increasing the income of affiliated small-scale fish farmers by 100%.
  • Creating additional 20 jobs along the improved value chain.
  • Enhancing 10 small-scale fish farmers’ know-how on production, processing and marketing.
  • Reducing dependency of local fish farmers on imports, such as juvenile fish.



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Chonona Aquaculture runs the production, distribution, marketing and sales of fish products and coordinates the overall business development.

Aquaculture Enterprise Project provides contacts to business partners and small-scale fish farmers and producers of high-quality fingerlings.

Umodzi Consulting supports Chonona in its business development and supports the development of training.

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources develops and provides Chonona with new technologies in fish production, processing and marketing.

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