The people of Zambia’s Barotse Floodplain depend on fishing and farming for their food and income. However, destructive fishing methods that use chemicals and mosquito nets are damaging habitats and reducing wild fish stocks.

Local farmer and fisherman Patrick Mushitu is encouraging his community to discuss these issues and work together to sustainably manage the natural resources on which they depend.

Approximately 500 million people in Africa, Asia and the Pacific depend on aquatic agricultural systems for their livelihoods; 138 million of these people live in poverty.  The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) partners with communities to reduce poverty and improve food security.