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Fish for nutrition highlighted at Timor-Leste conference

“The biggest problem facing Timor-Leste is malnutrition,” says Excellency Raffael Pereira Goncalves, the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Sustainable Development in the Coral Triangle

If marine biodiversity is what you are after, then look no further than the Coral Triangle. This remarkable patch of water spans the seas between the six Indo-Pacific nations of Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. The tropical waters of the Coral Triangle are among the most biologically diverse – and environmentally vulnerable – regions of the world. The Coral Triangle’s coral reefs, mangrove forests, and seagrass beds are home to vast numbers of fish, sharks and rays, as well as sea turtles and marine mammals.

The importance of the fish resource in the Mekong River and examples of best practices

The Mekong is an exceptional river in many ways. In terms of fish biodiversity, it is the world’s second richest river after the Amazon (www.fishbase.org). With 6 to 18% of the global freshwater fish catch, it is also home to the largest freshwater fisheries in the world.
 

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.

Social transformation to end gender inequalities

Despite 40 years of gender being on the development agenda, inequalities have persisted which are greatly hampering progress in reducing poverty and food insecurity. A rethink is needed in how agricultural research and development addresses gender, with a new focus on approaches that challenge the norms and power relations that enable social inequalities to exist and persist. This was the consensus among participants at a recent workshop organised by WorldFish to discuss new approaches to integrating gender in agricultural development.

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.
 

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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