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Production and conservation of nutrient-rich small fish (SIS) in ponds and wetlands for nutrition security and livelihoods in South Asia

Small indigenous fish species (SIS) are an important source of essential macro- and micronutrients which can play an important role in the elimination of malnutrition and micronutrient defciencies in the populations of many South and Southeast Asian countries.

CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health

Hunger, malnutrition and poor health are widespread and stubborn development challenges. In the past, agriculture has played a  key role in providing poor people with a steady supply of staple crops that meet calorie requirements at relatively low prices.

Fishing for solutions to malnutrition in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, where half the population lives below the poverty line, a UN-funded programme has been working with farmers to breed nutrient-dense small fish for communities.

Increased production of small fish in wetlands combats micronutrient deficiencies in Bangladesh

Increased production of mola and other small fish can be achieved through stock enhancement and sustainable management of natural wetlands.

Pond polyculture technologies combat micronutrient deficiencies and increase household income in Bangladesh

Two sustainable, low-cost pond polyculture technologies have been developed to culture carps and mola in ponds, and culture carps and mola in ponds connected to rice fields. These technologies can increase total fish production from ponds.

Nourishing Bangladesh with micronutrient-rich small fish

Increasing the quantity and frequency of small fish consumption can boost nutrition, health and well-being of the people of Bangladesh. Small fish are rich in micronutrients, particularly vitamin A, iron, zinc and calcium, as well as animal protein and essential fats.

Sustainable production of small fish in wetland areas of Bangladesh

Bangladesh is rich in aquatic resources with extensive seasonal and perennial water bodies throughout the country. In the past, the expansive floodplains, oxbow lakes, beels, and haors were home to a vast range of fish species.

Meeting Food and Nutrition Needs of the Poor: Role of Fish and Opportunities/Challenges of Aquaculture

People who are food and nutrition insecure largely reside in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and for many, fish represents a rich source of protein, micronutrients and essential fatty acids.

Increased consumption of small fishes effective for mother, child health

Increased consumption of micronutrient-rich small fishes can effectively meet nutritional demand of malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers in building a healthier generation.

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