Inception Meeting 3–6 March 2014, Nanning, China



Report on field visits (link to document)



Name Organisation Position
John Linton Natural Resources Institute Commercial Director
Prof Emmanuel Kaunda LUANAR Malawi  Deputy Vice Chancellor 
Lucky Pedro Penumlungu Aglupenu Investments, Malawi  CEO 
Dr Kofi Abban CSIR Water Research, Ghana Chief Research Scientist
Jacob Ainoo-Ansah Ainoo Ansah farms CEO
Mrs Ololade Adegoke SEFFA, Nigeria CEO
Obelema Ipalley Lawson Petroquip Nigeria Ltd CEO
Prof Martins Anetekhai Lagos State University  
Dr Thomas Shipton Rhodes University / AASA  
Prof Yuan Xinhua Freshwater Research Centre, China Deputy Director
Prof Luo Yonglu Guangxi Academy of Fisheries Science Vice President
Ms Liu Xuejiao UIBE PhD Student
Mr Zeng Shen Guizhou Institute of Fisheries Research Fellow
Ms Zhang Yanan Freshwater Research Centre, China MSc Student
Prof Xu Pao (1st day only) Freshwater Research Centre, China Director
Prof Gan Xi (1st day only) Guangxi Academy of Fisheries Science Director


Agenda: 3rd March | 4th March | 5th & 6th March | 7th March

Monday 3rd March: Arrival in Nanning, welcome and registration  
14:00  Welcome 
14:15  The Inception Conference: Objectives of the Conference & Housekeeping issues 
14:30  Introduction & brief description of our organizations 
15:15 Tea break
15:45 Aquaculture in Africa: A review of what we proposed

Objectives for tomorrow & close of Day 1

At the end of the first day, we should:
- All know each other
- Have a common understanding of the objectives of the conference
- Have a clear and shared understanding of our project and what it intends to do.


Tuesday 4th March: Developing the Research Methodologies  
09:00–12:30  Setting the Scene 
12:30 Lunch
13:30–17:00 Developing the Research Methodology

At the end of the second day, we should:
- Have a broad understanding of the value chains that we are looking at
- Know what information we need
- Know who we need to talk to in order to get that information
- Know what tools we will use to collate and collect that information
- Have a plan for piloting this during the field work on Wednesday & Thursday


Wednesday & Thursday 5th & 6th March: Piloting the approach  
09:00–17:00 Field visit 
  At the end of the field work we will
- have a deeper understanding of the Chinese tilapia value chain.
- have identified any major gaps in our research methodologies. 


Friday 7th March: Review, next steps & wrap-up
09:00 Review of Pilot Field Work and lessons learned
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Next Steps – Work Plan for Next Phase
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Other Issues
- Working with World Fish/NEPAD/EC
- Fund raising
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Wrap-up and Close
  At the end of the inception workshop we will have a clear work plan with roles, responsibilities, deadlines and outputs.