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Can we afford to adapt? The case of aquaculture in Vietnam

By Caity Peterson
Source: CCAFS Blog

Catfish farmers in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta are barely scraping by. They operate on the tightest of profit margins – 3% to 5% in a good year – and deal with a highly volatile, boom-and-bust export market.  For an industry that’s already on the brink, could the addition of negative climate change impacts push it over the edge?

Researchers at WorldFish, as part of the project “Investigating the vulnerability of and economics of adapting aquaculture in Vietnam to climate change”, partly funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have attempted to calculate the costs of adaptation to these impacts, a first for fisheries and aquaculture at the national level.

Partnership Story – Fast-growing fish to reduce poverty in Ghana

In Ghana, the Volta River basin reaches across over half of Ghana’s countryside. Lake Volta, the world’s largest (by surface) man-made lake, is the centerpiece of both the Volta River and the Ghanaian economy, as it provides a source of hydroelectric power as well as vast populations of fish for the locals. With demand for fish booming to support a growing population, meeting supply is often a challenge. Since 1999, the Water Research Institute (WRI) in Ghana has been working with WorldFish to make the Volta basin as productive as it can be through a Nile Tilapia breeding program.

The private sector: partnering for poverty relief and profit

Addressing the problems of poverty and malnutrition in low-income communities is usually the preserve of government agencies and development organizations. However, with demand for fish products soaring worldwide, the small-scale fisheries sector in developing nations represents a potentially lucrative – as well as ethical – opportunity for private sector investors. WorldFish has formed partnerships with a number of private sector partners to create a win–win scenario for business and local communities alike.

Open Day highlights improvements in Egyptian aquaculture

WorldFish hosted an open day on Monday 15th October at its Abbassa research center in Sharkia, Egypt to showcase its latest research and development initiatives, with the support of the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Dr. Salah Abdel Mooemin. The Malaysia-based international research organization has had a fisheries and aquaculture research program in Egypt since 1998, and has been a major player in helping aquaculture to grow and become the main source of fish for Egyptian consumers.

Producer Organizations - some WorldFish Experiences

Presented by Michael Phillips, Malcolm Beveridge, and Wayne Rogers at the Producer Organization workshop, held in Cairo, Egypt on the 25th of September 2012.

Teaching the Adivasi to fish for a lifetime of benefit in Bangladesh

For the ethnic minority Adivasi communities of Bangladesh, the enduring effects of the Adivasi Fisheries Project (AFP) are still being felt, three years after the project ended. During the project, fish production increased five-fold, fish consumption nearly quadrupled and the average household income for members of this vulnerable population improved significantly, far outstripping project expectations.


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