Climate change, damage to valuable ecosystems and overfishing are creating challenges for the people of the Pacific islands. In this project, WorldFish and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) aim to promote greater food security through a national program of marine resource management for the worst affected communities in Solomon Islands and to expand this to Kiribati and Vanuatu. The goal is to halt the degradation of inshore reefs and fisheries, which act as nurseries for marine ecosystems and to empower local people to manage these valuable resources.
In the Solomon Islands, overfishing and climate change have depleted natural resources and increased pressures on subsistence-level livelihoods. The Developing Inland Aquaculture project is a four-year partnership between WorldFish and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) which seeks to expand currently underdeveloped inland aquaculture (fish farming) to supplement dwindling marine resources in the Solomon Islands. Working with government agencies, the project will identify best practice production methods and examine how to effectively introduce or disseminate small-scale aquaculture and learning to communities. This project will build on previous research to help drive the expansion of inland fish farming.
High population density, a degraded environment and the effects of climate change in Malawi's Lake Chilwa Basin are causing food insecurity and exerting increased pressure on forests and fisheries, which provide important sources of income and critical safety nets for the poor in times of crises. The Lake Chilwa Basin project is developing a range of climate change adaptation solutions that will enhance the capacity of communities to adopt sustainable livelihood and natural resource management practices. The project focuses on 10 hot spots in the Lake Chilwa Basin and will conduct baseline studies on critical ecological systems, processes and components such as biodiversity, water resources, soil erosion and vegetation.
Climate change, sea level rise, increased salinity; these are some of the challenges to development in Bangladesh. The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems is working in Bangladesh to help small-scale fish farmers improve their lives through better farming practices.
Traditionally Bangladeshi women are looked down on if they work the ponds, but this hasn't deterred Banlata Das from grabbing the chance to lift her family out of poverty.