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Mola is a micronutrient rich small fish. Rangpur, Bangladesh. How to get enough nutrition into the diets of some of the world's poorest people is a persistent problem in the developing world.   In Bangladesh, where half the population lives below the poverty line, a UN-funded programme in the country's North West has been working with farmers to breed nutrient-dense small fish for...
Farmer checks the condition of fry before releasing, Egypt.This is a joint post with Malcolm Dickson, senior scientist and IEIDEAS project leader at WorldFish. We are all eating more fish nowadays — except in Africa, where there is a huge and rapidly growing gap between fish supply and demand. But why is this happening when fish is such an important component of the diet of the poor,...
A man and a woman selling fish at the market in Fayoum before upgraded, Egypt. Egyptian aquaculture has seen steady growth over the last 20 years and now supplies around 65% of the fish eaten throughout the country. The industry is also a crucial source of employment, providing more than 100,000 full-time jobs.   Cultured fish is by far the cheapest farmed animal protein in the...
Boy with a fish from his father's pond, Malawi.People who are food and nutrition insecure largely reside in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and for many, fish represents a rich source of protein, micronutrients and essential fatty acids. The contribution of fish to household food and nutrition security depends upon availability, access and cultural and personal preferences, writes M. C. M....
Woman and child from a fishing village, Bangladesh.Increased consumption of micronutrient-rich small fishes can effectively meet nutritional demand of malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers in building a healthier generation.   Malnutrition of pregnant women, lactating mothers and children, belonging to the poorer families in rural Bangladesh, has been still remaining...
By Asafu Chijere, WorldFish, Malawi Aquaculture, Malawi.Moving along the shores of Lake Chilwa in Malawi selling cooked cassava and fritters was once a typical day for 30-year-old Ida Likhomo.   Like many others, the social pressures facing girls in the region’s fishing communities forced Ida to leave primary school in only her second year. With no education, there was no opportunity...
Fishing in Mekong River, Vietnam.The Khone Falls on the Mekong river in southern Laos, close to the Cambodian border, is “an ecologically unique area, so rare in nature that every effort should be made to preserve all of Khone Falls from any development”, according to a Mekong River Commission consultant in a 1994 report. A colony of Irrawaddy dolphins draws many visitors and helps to sustain a...
The aquaculture sector has an important role to play in increasing the availability of nutrient and Omega 3 fatty acid rich fish to families in poorer areas of the world. It is also important in ensuring that children get the best start to life during the 'first 1000 days', writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor. - See more at: http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/21791/aquaculture-2013-...
Sea cucumber farming, Rayner Nha Trang, Vietnam.Within a few years, most of the fish we eat will be farmed, not caught.   That could be a boon for already over-stressed oceans. But the worldwide explosion of aquaculture since 1970 has left its own trail of environmental destruction, from toxic concentrations of waste, to outbreaks of disease, to the continued over-harvesting of smaller ocean...
Fisherwoman checking a fishing line in Mekong, Laos. Peering into the early morning mist created by thousands of tonnes of Mekong water collapsing from Laos into nearby Cambodia, I was surprised when a small black shape emerged.   He looked as spindly and fragile as a botanical specimen. Inching across a barely perceptible cable across what is known as the Khone Falls (Khone Phapheng),...

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