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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...
  Fish harvesting, Philippines. Photo by Westly Rosario A project to identify Nile tilapia ‘super strains’ in the Philippines will help to increase the living standards of poor fish farmers and consumers, create new employment opportunities and provide food security across the nation. Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) is the most cultured freshwater fish in the Philippines,...
  Women selling fish on the roadside, Egypt. Photo by Samuel Stacey, 2012   A group of women fish retailers in the Egyptian region of Shakshouk near Fayoum are realizing better profits from the sale of their fish after acquiring iceboxes. Iceboxes help them keep their fish fresh in the market, allowing them to sell more stock each day.   The iceboxes were supplied by...
Farmers participating in the knowledge fair. Photo by Md. Mahabubur Rahman, 2012. Khulna, Bangladesh   Farmers from south west Bangladesh attended a Knowledge Fair hosted earlier this month by WorldFish to collaborate on the design of a research project to achieve their community-led objectives.   Over the past 3 months men and women from across 16...
  Farmed Nile Tilapia. Photo by Samuel Stacey, 2012. Click for high resolution. WorldFish, Malaysia (30 November 2012)   An improved breed of Nile Tilapia that grows 30% faster than non-improved strains is helping to increase aquaculture productivity and food security in Ghana.   The Water Research Institute (WRI), in partnership with WorldFish, has...
  A consumer purchases farmed Nile Tilapia in a Cairo fish market, Egypt. Photo by Samuel Stacey, 2012. Click for high resolution. WorldFish, Malaysia (30 November 2012)   Two improved strains of Nile Tilapia that grow 30% faster and heavier than non-improved strains are helping to increase aquaculture productivity and food security in West Africa and Egypt.  ...
Despite 40 years of gender being on the development agenda, inequalities have persisted which are greatly hampering progress in reducing poverty and food insecurity. A rethink is needed in how agricultural research and development addresses gender, with a new focus on approaches that challenge the norms and power relations that enable social inequalities to exist and persist. This was the...
Jessore, Bangladesh (4-5 November 2012).   Rural women play a major role in improving the overall well being of their households and communities by achieving food and nutrition security, generating income, and improving rural livelihoods.   However, they face various constraints which hamper their efforts to uplift their lives and those around them.   Following the International Day...
Biodiversity loss and food insecurity are two of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.   The Asia-Pacific's Coral Triangle is defined by its extremely high marine biodiversity, with over one hundred million people living in its coastal zones who use this biodiversity to support their livelihoods.   Biodiversity and its values to society are threatened by demographic and...

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