This project aims to improve food and nutrition security, incomes and health for the poorest households in Zambia’s Northern Province, with a particular focus on women. Through the generation of evidence, the project seeks to identify agricultural technologies and livelihood-enhancing solutions that can create economic growth and greater food productivity. It will also focus on utilizing newly developed biofortified food crops, fish and forest foods to improve nutrition.

Focusing on Bangladesh and Zambia but with a global scope, this project aims to find ways to meet the food and nutrition needs of the poor, particularly women and children, by gaining valuable insights into fish consumption patterns. It seeks to quantify the contribution of fish and fish products to the diets of poor men, women and children and examines existing aquaculture systems and value chains with respect to the food and nutritional requirements of poor consumers.

The Strengthening Aquatic Resource Governance (STARGO) project aims to build resilient livelihoods among poor rural producers who depend on the highly contested natural resources in Lake Victoria, Lake Kariba, and Tonle Sap/ Lower Mekong ecoregions. The intent is to improve nutrition, income, welfare and human security, while also reducing the likelihood of broader social conflict.

In developing countries, small-scale fisheries (SSF) are a vital source of food, nutrition and income. But pressures from within and external to SSFsuch as overharvesting, infrastructure development and inadequate policy recognitionthreaten their sustainability and equitable distribution of benefits.

Zambia has a high rate of youth unemployment. There are also noticeable disparities between men and women in the labor force, especially a lack of women formally working in the fisheries sector who have received fisheries skills training. The current technical education, vocational and entrepreneurship training (TEVET) system faces several challenges, including developing skills that are relevant to the private sector.