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Fish vendor in Dili, Timor-Leste. Emerging as an independent nation in 2002 after decades of unrest, Timor-Leste faces many development challenges. Around three quarters of the country’s 1.07 million people live in rural areas, and their reliance on natural resources for fishing and farming means that many are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change that could alter the condition and...
Coaching participants, Bangladesh. Photo by Md. Habibur Rahman, 2013.RANGPUR, Sept 04, 2013 - Experts at a linkage event here today stressed for enhanced cultivation of mono-sex Tilapia fish through adopting the improved farming management technology for boosting fish production in rural areas.   WorldFish organised the filed level linkage event under the USAID funded Cereal Systems...
Photo credit: CPWFA new study conducted under the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) and presented at Stockholm World Water Week this week suggests that focusing on “fairness” won’t get the job done when it comes to managing community water resources.   The coastal zone of Bangladesh is home to 38 million people. But this densely packed mosaic of villages, creeks and mudflats is...
Hilsa fish at a market in Barisal, Bangladesh. Photo by Finn Thilsted, 2012.“Mache bhate Bengali” – “Fish and rice make a Bengali”. Situated on the deltas of three of the world’s largest river systems, it’s not surprising fish is part of daily life in Bangladesh. Small-scale aquacultural farmers sell fish from their homestead pond at the local market. Villagers dry fish on the coastal plains...
Traditionally, fisheries policies have been primarily driven by environmental and economic research agendas by foreign governments, development NGOs and scientific researchers. This leaves many small holders and poor people reliant on fish for nutrition, without a voice at a very large table. Acknowledging the disparity in discourse, Stephen Hall, WorldFish Director General, has added new...
Freshwater capture fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin provide the regional population with up to 80% of the animal protein in their diet, as well as livelihood opportunities on a vast scale.   Despite their importance to the region, the different values that fish contribute to income, and the relative role of fish resources in rural livelihoods and welfare have never been fully...
Infographic source: European Parliament   In a landmark step, the European Union has moved towards making commercial fishing more environmentally sustainable through the overhaul of Europe’s fisheries policy.   Under the current Common Fisheries Policy 80% of Mediterranean fish stocks and 47% of Atlantic fish stocks were found by the E.U. to be over fished...
A farmer stands by his integrated rice and fish farm in Laos. Photo by Jharendu Pant, 2013.Globally large dams have long been controversial. Whilst their benefits are often significant, their construction inevitably leads to the displacement and involuntary resettlement of communities. Sometimes this can be on a vast scale. China’s Three Gorges Dam displaced an estimated 1.5 million people. The...
Freshwaters cover only 1% of the earth’s surface, yet they are home to over 10% of all animals and more than 35% of all vertebrates like fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals   The biodiversity of freshwater systems is essential for maintaining the productivity and health of the Earth’s waterways.   The theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity on...
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday 16 May, 2013   Securing the critical contribution of wild fish stocks to food and nutrition security in the developing world depends on better governance and management of the fisheries sector.   Fish is a key source of animal protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and micronutrients like iron and zinc that contribute to a balanced...

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