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Farmer shows common carp caught from his farm pond in Aileu, Timor-Leste. Photo by Jharendu Pant, 2011.The government of Timor-Leste has developed a National Aquaculture Development Strategy, designed to help reduce high levels of poverty and chronic malnutrition throughout the country.   Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Excellency Mariano Assanami Sabino, endorsed the strategy...
“The biggest problem facing Timor-Leste is malnutrition,” says Excellency Raffael Pereira Goncalves, the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.   Jharendu Pant speaks about the challenges and opportunities of aquaculture in Timor-Leste at the Aquaculture for Food Security and Nutrition workshop in Dili, Timor-Leste. Photo by Holly Holmes, 2013Chronic...
A training program to enhance the entrepreneurial and agriculture technology skills of a network of rural women called ‘Info Ladies’ was held this week from 26 – 28 February.   ‘Info Ladies’ are equipped with a bicycle and laptop computer, and travel to villages and households in Bangladesh providing information and communication services to rural women who lack access to basic...
Have you ever wondered what the total length of all the rivers in Cambodia is? Or, how many people live within 5km of a road in Bangladesh? Or, how about the number of impoverished people in Zambia? Boat ownership by private households in Timor Leste. Care of the GIS This kind of detailed information is essential for researchers and scientists around the world working...
  Following the recent transformative gender reserach dialogue, 'Building Coalitions, Creating Change', held by WorldFish in Penang, Malaysia, the dialogue participants shared their inputs in a semi formal interview.   Leading gender researchers Andrea Rodericks (CARE India), Jacqueline Ashby (CGIAR Consortium), Eve Crowley (FAO), Jane Brown (Johns Hopkins University) and Augustin...
The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), led by WorldFish, is designed to pursue community based approaches to agricultural research and development that target the poorest and most vulnerable rural households in aquatic agricultural systems, including in Malaita. As a part of this process WorldFish held a stakeholder consultation with local communities from 6 – 9...
Women's workshop teaching nursery techniques in Western Province, Solomon Islands. Photo by Wade Fairley, 2012. How can science be used to improve livelihoods in the most populous isle of the Solomon Islands?   This is the first of a three-part series of blogs about the challenges that face the people of Malaita in the Solomon Islands, and the steps they are taking to...
This is the second installment of a three-part series of blogs about the challenges that face the people of Malaita in the Solomon Islands, and the steps they are taking to secure their future in partnership with WorldFish and local organizations.   Women removing the shell from mangrove mudshells in Malaita, Solomon Islands. Photo by Wade Fairley, 2012.  ...
Recently Director General Stephen Hall received a letter from a concerned seven year old, Bella Andrew, on the health of the oceans, climate change and the state of global fisheries. She clearly describes the problems she has observed, and offers some solutions to these problems. Below is their correspondance.  
A $2 million project to improve rural food security and livelihoods in Myanmar through the development of fisheries and small-scale aquaculture was officially launched last week by WorldFish and the Myanmar government Department of Fisheries.   The Myanmar government estimates that the fisheries and aquaculture sector employs over 2.6million people full and part-time, and increasing...

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