Impact of integrated aquaculture on small-scale farm
The impact of integrated aquaculture agriculture on small-scale farm sustainability and farmers’ livelihoods: experience from Bangladesh. Research in Bangladesh shows that farmer training is a significant component for success in integrated aquaculture-agriculture (IAA). Intensification of agriculture often requires external inputs such as inorganic fertilizers and increased mechanization. These can have negative environmental effects and increase the risk for small-scale producers. IAA, on the other hand, promotes the use of on-farm waste products to increase ecological efficiencies through the synergistic effects of crop and fish production. WorldFish research in Malawi and Bangladesh has shown that IAA significantly improves productivity and profitability, increases diversification and cropping intensity resulting in higher resilience, and increases food and fish consumption which has positive effects on farmers’ nutritional status. Link to research in Malawi.