Adapting a Lean Production Systems Approach to Aquaculture in Nigeria

7 Jun 9:00 am

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Participants in a Lean Management field training stand near an aquaculture pond in Nigeria
Participants in a Lean Management field training visit an aquaculture pond. Photo by Elizabeth Akuwa

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The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish and Aquaculture Africa Magazine (AAM) bring you a set of four exciting and informative webinars that will unpack important lessons from the Fish Innovation Lab's activities in Nigeria. Join global experts as they present and discuss key aspects related to the Nigerian Aquaculture Sector and provide an opportunity for questions and interaction.

In this first event of the series, the team working on the Applying Lean Management in Aquaculture Production activity will discuss how a Lean Production Systems approach is being applied to aquaculture in Nigeria.

Lean is the ideology of maximizing productivity while simultaneously minimizing waste in operations. This simple yet incredibly effective methodology is quickly adopted to boost production and reduce costs. Come hear exclusive information directly from the project leaders on how aquaculture participants from Delta and Ogun State radically improved their farms, processing, and feed mills. The webinar will uncover problems addressed by the project including poor water quality, feed waste, and wasteful production practices. Learn how the project was structured, participants were engaged, and the results spread. Success stories with data will be shared. Come and join in on this new trending way of taking your aquaculture business to the next level.



Opening remarks: Etienne Hinrichsen, Aquaculture Africa Magazine

Introduction to the Fish Innovation Lab: Mark Lawrence, Fish Innovation Lab

Background on the Lean Production Systems activity: Rohana Subasinghe, World Fish

"Save time, money, and grow your profits with Lean Aquaculture!": Terri Lawrence, Collaborative Impact and O. O. Oyebola, University of Ibadan



Mark Lawrence serves as the director of the Fish Innovation Lab.  He provides leadership and direction for its programs, coordinates its activities, and serves as the primary liaison with USAID. He also serves as director of the Mississippi State University Global Center for Aquatic Food Security. Before serving in this role, Lawrence served as the associate dean for research and graduate studies at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. He was also a professor of aquatic animal health and has been a tenure-track faculty member at the college since 1998. Lawrence earned his DVM from Texas A&M University and completed a PhD in aquatic animal health at Louisiana State University. 

Rohana Subasinghe is a specialist in aquaculture development and aquatic animal health management. He is currently working as the technical lead of the WorldFish program in Nigeria. After 22 years of service, he retired from FAO in October 2015. He was responsible for the implementation of many programs and projects on aquaculture and aquatic animal health at national, regional, and international levels. A former teacher at the University of Colombo and the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Subasinghe earned his PhD from Stirling University, Scotland. He is a strong advocate for the need for more inclusive growth of global aquaculture.

Terri Lawrence is the international Lean consultant for the Fish Innovation Lab’s Applying Lean Management in Aquaculture Production activity. She is the founder of Collaborative Impact, a consulting firm that partners with organizations worldwide to radically improve operations while simultaneously reducing costs and increasing morale. Lawrence designed and tailored the project’s training and in-field workshops to maximize learning and engagement. She provides coaching, training, and facilitating on leadership, team building, and process improvements. Lawrence is a dynamic, positive, and driven professional with over 20 years of experience inspiring, guiding, and implementing company transformations. Her mission is to lead organizations through simple, sustainable, and impactful change.

O.O. Oyebola is the in-country consultant for the Fish Innovation Lab’s Applying Lean Management in Aquaculture Production activity. He participated in curriculum development and training on the project, mobilized grassroots participants, and coordinated field data collection. He is a senior lecturer in the African Union Center of Excellence for Aquaculture, Inland and Coastal Fisheries, Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Oyebola has bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in fisheries management and a PhD in fish genetics and breeding. He teaches, researches, and undertakes community engagement and consultancies in fisheries management, aquaculture, and climate-smart aquaculture.


This is the first in a four-part webinar series sharing findings and lessons from Fish Innovation Lab activities in Nigeria. Click here for more details on the full series of events.