Aquaculture without Frontiers set to launch in the UK
Charity Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) is in the process of finalizing the launch of a new branch in the UK.
Executive director Roy Palmer confirmed to Undercurrent News that, as of last week, “all the relevant papers have been signed”. The group will now need to wait “between 40 to 50 days” before authorization is granted by UK authorities.
The UK venture – which becomes the third branch of AwF, complementing existing operations in the US and Australia – will be used, said Palmer, as “a base for Africa”.
“It’s very much a strategic move,” he said. “The UK will allow us to have that north-south type of arrangement, through which we can utilize connections that are already there in the UK with Africa, and build relationships.”
Following the appointment of Diversified Communications vice president Mary Larkin to AwF’s US board of directors last week, Palmer revealed that Cliff Spencer, CEO of the United Nations-backed Global Biotechnology Transfer Foundation had agreed to join the new UK committee.
Spencer is also goodwill ambassador for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), a socio-economic development program of the African Union.
AwF has made no secret of the fact that it is on the look-out for extra funding from seafood players – particularly as it looks to spreads its net into new markets, including Korea and Mexico.
Getting investors to loosen the purse strings has “not necessarily been that easy”, admitted Palmer. Consequently, AwF is also on the point of appointing a specialist consultancy firm “to conduct a confidential feasibility study to look into opportunities for sustainable funding for the organization, so we can move into a new growth stage”.