About Us

Who We Are!

Aqua-Farms Organization existed since 2016 and was legally registered in July 2017 under NGO Act No. 24 of 2002 of the United Republic of Tanzania with 13 founding members who came together to ensure development and food security are achieved through environmentally friendly aquaculture and rebuild-ed fisheries. Moreover, AFO has committed to contributing to the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs) number 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good Health and Well-being, 13. Climate Action and 14. Life Below Water.

Our Vision

AFO- envisions to be an excellent Organization in replenishing aquatic resources with community-based conservation and sustainable aquaculture.

Our Mission

We enhance food access and income generation to the community through research, training, workshops and collaboration in Aquaculture and Fisheries

Our Objectives

  • Promoting environmentally friendly and economically competitive aquaculture.
  • Supporting the conservation of the aquatic environment and stock enhancement.
  • Supporting research on sustainable exploitation of aquatic resources and aquaculture.
  • Improving community health of the lacustrine and coastal communities.
  • Empowering youth and women in the utilization of aquatic resources and aquaculture.

Our Values

We’re an open source NGO. We work in a transparent and collaborative way to share our values, mission approach and success stories and failures from what we learn

We work in diverse and inclusive teams where all members have a voice and influence.

We have high standards of correct information and approach and aren’t afraid to be self-critical or externally criticized. If something doesn’t work, we change our approach until we’re on the right course.

We are accountable for the communities we support, for maximum impact as well as accountable for our partners and supporters.

Boost morale and camaraderie, increase job satisfaction and help employees stretch their abilities and raise their profile.

We create an environment that enables creativity and innovation, and give space for innovation and learning.

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Our Team

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Valeli Bugota

As a Chairperson at Aqua-Farms Organization (AFO), Valeli Bugota is a principal overseer of all the affairs

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Jerry Mang’ena

Jerry Mang’ena is a co-founder and Executive Director of Aqua-Farms Organization (www.afo.or.tz) and a Marine Biologist from

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Cretus Mtonga

Cretus Mtonga is a co-founder of Aqua-Farms and served as an Executive secretary for more than three

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John Kimaro

John Kimaro is a marine biologist, co-founder, and treasurer of Aqua-Farms Organization. He has a passion for

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Yusufu Kasato

Yusufu Kasato is a Food scientist, Creative Designer, and Science Communicator from Tanzania. He is the head

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Kaitira Benard

Kaitira Benard is an Aquatic scientist with 5 years of experience in the field, he is Founding

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Edwin Superius

Edwin Superius is a Marine Scientist based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Co-founder of Aqua-Farms Organization, and

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Maria Twalib

Maria Twalib is an office attendant at Aqua-Farms Organization. Born and raised in Tanzania, Maria is passionate

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Happy Kisare

Happy Kisare is the Finance Officer at Aqua Farms Organization, responsible for finance and administration. Her main

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Prisca Issangya

Prisca John Issangya is an accomplished aquatic scientist with vast experience in the fields of marine biology,

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Nancy Iraba

Nancy Iraba is an award-winning marine scientist holding a Master of Science in Marine Sciences, a coral

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Alex Mafuru

Alex Mafuru is a Marine Scientist and Spatial data analyst (Demersal fauna diversity) finalizing his master’s study

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