Gender inequality doesn’t make sense on any level. Promoting gender equality can reduce extreme poverty and hunger and boost shared prosperity for girls and boys, women and men, around the world.
Teaching Egyptian fish farmers the industry’s best aquaculture practices has helped increase their production and income. Strengthening the industry’s small and medium-scale farms will generate new employment opportunities and meet the country’s growing demand for fish.
The training is part of the Improving Employment and Income through Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector project, which is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and aims to create 10,000 new industry jobs.
The tropical waters of the Coral Triangle support the livelihoods of more than 130 million people. However, the area is under threat from factors including population growth, overfishing and the effects of climate change. An online spatial database, called the Coral Triangle Atlas, is helping decision makers to more effectively manage and protect these vital marine resources.
In rural Cambodia, where millions depend on fish for food and income, fish populations in natural wetlands are under threat from illegal fishing, habitat destruction and harmful pesticides used for agriculture.
To rebuild and protect these fish populations the Rice Field Fisheries Enhancement project is helping communities to sustainably strengthen the rice field fisheries close to their villages through building 'community fish refuges’. These are conservation ponds that provide fish with a protected habitat to breed during the dry season.
In Bangladesh and Nepal, where the rates of undernutrition and poverty are high, the Agriculture and Nutrition Extension Project is working with small-scale farmers to increase nutrition and food security through the production of micronutrient-rich small fish and orange sweet potato.
Within the first year these men and women were able to substantially improve their income and it is anticipated that their standard of living will continue to improve.