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Malaita community champions their development

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 secure their future in partnership with WorldFish and local organizations.

Women have nothing to do with fish, or do they?

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.

Building Coalitions, Creating Change: An Agenda for Gender Transformative Research in Development

There is compelling evidence that increased gender equity can make a significant contribution towards alleviating poverty and increasing food security. But past efforts to integrate gender into agricultural research and development practice have failed to address the inequalities that limit women’s access to agricultural inputs, markets, resources and advice. A Gender Transformative Approach (GTA) goes beyond just considering the symptoms of gender inequality, and addresses the social norms, attitudes, behaviors and social systems that underlie them.

Bangladeshi communities help to plan research agenda

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.

Resilient livelihoods and food security in coastal aquatic agricultural systems: Investing in transformational change

Aquatic agricultural systems (AAS) are diverse production and livelihood systems where families cultivate a range of crops, raise livestock, farm or catch fish, gather fruits and other tree crops, and harness natural resources such as timber, reeds, and wildlife. Aquatic agricultural systems occur along freshwater floodplains, coastal deltas, and inshore marine waters, and are characterized by dependence on seasonal changes in productivity, driven by seasonal variation in rainfall, river flow, and/or coastal and marine processes. Despite this natural productivity, the farming, fishing, and herding communities who live in these systems are among the poorest and most vulnerable in their countries and regions. This report provides an overview of the scale and scope of development challenges in coastal aquatic agricultural systems, their significance for poor and vulnerable communities, and the opportunities for partnership and investment that support efforts of these communities to secure resilient livelihoods in the face of multiple risks.

Strengthening impact evaluation in natural resource management

The workshop on Strengthening Evaluation in Natural Resource Management Research is part of an ACIAR-funded Small Research and Development Activity (SRA) on Assessing the Impacts of Natural Resource Management and Policy Research in Development Programs, with WorldFish and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) as partners. The SRA objectives included a review of literature to identify challenges in assessing the impact of NRMR programs and to propose a framework that addresses them. An exploratory workshop was held in February 2012 to initiate collective action within the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) to identify and address their impact challenges and led to the creation of the NRMR impact community of practice (COP). This follow-up workshop brought together members of the COP and partners in the SRA to discuss and reach agreement on how to progress on our collective goals of building new and appropriate approaches for NRMR IE and how to put these approaches into action through our research programs. This report is a documentation of the workshop process and outputs.


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Rural women farmers play vital role in eradicating poverty and hunger

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.

Study says Coral Triangle must secure food for the future

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.

United against poverty: improving livelihoods on the Barotse Floodplain

In Zambia, the Zambezi River forms part of a landscape in which freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands cover almost 20% of the country during the wet season.  The river is a spectacular tourist destination for anglers and wildlife buffs alike, but for Zambians, these waterways are the country’s food basket, supporting extensive agriculture, fisheries and livestock production. Around 3 million people – a quarter of the landlocked southern African country’s population – directly rely on these aquatic agriculture systems for their livelihoods. In a country where three quarters of the population live in poverty, bolstering the production capacity of the natural environment represents a tantalizing opportunity for economic growth and poverty alleviation.


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