1 Jul 2020 to 2 Jul 2020

The ACIAR and WorldFish/CGIAR are organizing a Mini-Symposium on “Fish-Rice in Cambodia and the Lower Mekong” from 1-2 July 2020. The symposium will initiate dialogue to determine the need and opportunity for research for development investment in fish-rice systems from farm to landscape level to contribute to achieving Cambodia development goals, including nutritional improvements and resilience to climate change impacts. 


The symposium presentations provide an overview of the status of fish-rice in Cambodia, lessons from fish-rice implementation in other countries in the region, and relevant work on cross-cutting themes of gender and food and nutrition security. This information will inform a Theory of Change exercise to identify technical, social, cultural, and political drivers and/or barriers to the fish-rice sector in Cambodia, key knowledge gaps, and particular areas for collaboration.


  • Presentations: 1 July 2020, 13:00 – 14:15 (UTC+8)
  • Theory of Change Exercise: 2 July 2020, 12:00-13:00 (UTC+8)

The list of presentations is as follows:


  • Overview of fish-rice landscapes, knowledge, and practice in selected Mekong region nations (Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia) - Led by Sarah Freed, WorldFish, Sudhir Yadav, IRRI and Alex Stuart, IRRI 
  • Policy environment and potential research impacts for fish-rice in Cambodia - Led by Sarah Freed, WorldFish, Somony Thay, Department of Aquaculture, Fisheries Administration, Rica Flor, IRRI and Sudhir Yadav, IRRI
  • Integrating fish, rice, and water management in Myanmar for improved nutrition, environment and livelihood outcomes – Led by Matthew McCartney, IWMI, Mark Dubois, WorldFish and Alex Stuart, IRRI
  • Shrimp-Rice in the Mekong Delta – Led by Jes Sammut, ACIAR and Dr. Nguyen van Sang, Director, Research Institute for Aquaculture, Vietnam
  • Women’s empowerment in fish-rice value chains – Led by Jessica Scott and Cynthia MacDougall, WorldFish
  • Food fish systems and nutrition security – Led by Shakuntala Thilsted, WorldFish


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