Zambia: Palabana Fisheries

Overall Goal

The SMART team working with Palabana Fisheries will be challenged to study, document and prescribe a business and value chain model that efficiently moves the company from supplying 300,000 to 4.5 million  fingerlings within the Zambian market.

Company/Business Location

Chongwe, Zambia

Company Profile

Established in 2013, Palabana Fisheries, is a Zambian-owned enterprise located 22km from Lusaka city center. The farm is located on a 10-acre piece of land, and focuses on supplying fingerlings to both existing and emerging fish farmers. Palabana Fisheries pride themselves in being a value-added organisation that plays a prominent role in the supply of healthy fingerlings in the Zambian market.

Palabana Fisheries aims to fill the niche in the market of being one of the main suppliers of fingerlings to both emerging and existing farmers within and outside Zambia, and to become one of the leading firms in supporting local farmers within Chongwe and surrounding district through training.

Proposed Team Tasks

The specific tasks of the Zambia SMART team will be to:

  1. Explore and understand the value chain for fisheries in Zambia especially with the lens of helping Palabana Fisheries streamline their overall business system including production, innovation, management and information related technologies.
  2. Assist in exploring ways to expand Palabana Fisheries’ market in an efficient, profitable and environmentally sustainable way while maintaining its social responsibility to the surrounding communities.

Desired Skills

The skills and background that would be beneficial (but not all necessary) for this project include:

  • Good understanding of business (e.g. market analysis, value chains, etc) and development frameworks;
  • Research, analytical and writing skills (e.g. publishable case study); and
  • Knowledge in fields such as aquaculture, economics/business management, information technology/innovation, policy and engineering skills.

Fieldwork Dates

Tentative dates: January 6-18, 2020

Team Leader

Chad Fietcher | Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management | cmf268@cornell.edu

Additional Information

Company Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fisheriespalabana/?ref=br_rs

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