Message from Rachel Kyte, Chair of CGIAR Fund Council and World Bank Vice President of Sustainable Development

Stephen Hall and Patrick Dugan sit down to have a candid conversation about the state of gender research, and where they see the future of research for development heading in a gender transformative way. This conversation is in response to the upcoming workshop, 'Building Coalitions, Creating Change', on gender research for agricultural development being held at the WorldFish headquarters in Penang, Malaysia from the 3rd to the 5th of October, 2012.

Keynote and plenary speaker at Seaweb's 10th International Seafood Summit 2012, Stephen Hall reflects on the summit.

Stephen reflects on the outcomes of Seaweb’s 10th International Seafood Summit, that was held in Hong Kong from September 5-8, 2012.

Dr Stephen Hall, Director General of the WorldFish Center, counts down to the Seafood Summit 2012 in Hong Kong, where he'll be making a plenary speech at the conference.

The 2004 tsunami that devastated the province of Aceh in Indonesia left in its wake thousands of communities without homes and destroyed the livelihood of farmers who worked the land to produce rice, fish and shrimp. WorldFish, in partnership with the Aceh Society Development (ASD) Cooperative, has helped to put communities back on their feet through providing vital assistance in the development of local small-scale aquaculture enterprises.

Some of the threats posed by climate change can appear rather esoteric or abstract. One of these is ocean acidification - it is not immediately obvious why we should care. A recent paper by Sara Cooley and colleagues give a good example of why the threat of changing ocean chemistry matters.

Climate change, sea level rise, increased salinity; these are some of the challenges to development in Bangladesh. The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems is working in Bangladesh to help small-scale fish farmers improve their lives through better farming practices.

Traditionally Bangladeshi women are looked down on if they work the ponds, but this hasn't deterred Banlata Das from grabbing the chance to lift her family out of poverty.

Is mariculture the solution to the world's growing demand for fish?

Mariculture certainly holds promise as part of the solution to meeting our need and demand for fish, but it's not the obvious option that many people imagine.

Is the scientific community aligned in its pessimism?

How many of us have been told at some point in our lives “don’t worry…there’s plenty more fish in the sea”?

This old proverb might comfort us for disappointment in love, but taken in its most literal sense, few people seem to believe it.

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