Concerns about perceived loss of indigenous materials emerged from multiple stakeholders during consultations to plan and design the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems for the Borotse hub in Zambia’s Western Province. To come to grips with and address the concerns, the AAS Borotse hub program of work included an assessment of agrobiodiversity to inform community-level and program initiatives and actions.
The main objective of the Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network is to build national research capacity to deal with important socio-economic issues in the management of the complex tropical fisheries of the SoutheastAsian region and in the development of the aquaculture industry. Details are given of the Network CommitteeResearch Reports available and workshops and training courses.
The potential of aquaculture to reduce poverty and hunger has been recognised in Africa. However, growth in the sector has been limited up-to-now, providing less than 2% of total fish production. In Eastern and Central Africa, the slow growth has been caused by a number of factors, including a development focus on resource poor farmers rather than small and medium enterprises, a lack of focus on the entire fish value chain (feed, seed, processing and marketing), as well as weak governance and policy environments.
An account is given of the use of salt evaporation ponds for fish (Mugil curema ) production in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and future prospects are examined.
Farming-based rural livelihoods are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and sudden and profound changes in social and economic systems. Diversification of livelihood options is believed to be vital to maintaining ecosystem resilience and building social systems resilience. Integrated agriculture-aquaculture (IAA) farming systems, considered among the promising options for small-scale farming households in China and Vietnam, are likely be relevant in the context of mixed crop- livestock farming systems elsewhere as well.
The WorldFish Center conducted a review in Bangladesh funded by IFAD in 2011 on the present status of aquaculture production and fish consumption. This brief summarizes the key findings of the review.
The Bangladesh Aquaculture Project is a 5 year transformative investment by USAID in aquaculture, focused on the 20 southern districts in Barisal, Khulna and Dhaka divisions of Bangladesh. The objectives of the project are to 1) improve fish and shrimp seed quality and availability 2) increase farm household pond and homestead production to raise incomes and improve nutrition 3) increase investment, employment and growth through support to commercial fish, shrimp and prawn production 4) work with government to support policy, regulatory implementation and institutional capacity.
This study is the third output of the SDC-funded “Improving Employment and Income through Development of Egyptian Aquaculture” (IEIDEAS), a three-year project being jointly implemented by the WorldFish Center and CARE International in Egypt with support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation. The aim of the study is to gather data on the retailer segment of the aquaculture value chain in Egypt, namely on the employment and market conditions of the women fish retailers in the five target governorates.
Significant changes in our understanding of the interrelationships between aquaculture and poverty have occurred in the last decade. In particular, there is a growing realization that the impacts of aquaculture need to be assessed from a value-chain perspective rather than through a narrow production focus. In recent years, understandings of poverty and the forms, outcomes and importance of aquaculture have also shifted. Terms in current use are first clarified, including those related to scale and location of aquaculture.