Depleted fish stocks are forcing Bangladeshi fisherman further out to sea in search of their next catch. For families like Anita Bishaash’s, this means more time apart and a greater struggle to cover household expenses.

Like many of Bangladesh’s rural poor, Iqtiar Gazi and his family are landless, living in a small house on top of their fishpond. When disease killed off his entire stock, Iqtiar was forced to take up rickshaw driving to support his family.

Without access to training or resources many of Bangladesh’s poor rural farmers, like Bilal and Sufia Mallick, struggle to make a living from their household ponds.

More than 700 million people globally depend on aquatic agricultural systems for their livelihoods. Living in coastal zones and along river floodplains, these communities are often not only poor but also vulnerable to climate change, sea-level rises and extreme weather.

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 these freshwater eco-regions, with the intent of improving nutrition, income, welfare and human security, while also reducing the likelihood of broader social conflict.

Celebrating positive impacts in people's lives on the International Day of Rural Women.

Every year during the wet season the swollen Zambezi River bursts its banks, destroying homes and crops, flooding classrooms, and displacing communities across the Barotse Floodplain in Zambia.

For 13-year-old Ilinanga Mulonda and thousands like her, this means their education is put on hold -- for some permanently -- while the floodwater inundates their classrooms, and their parents struggle to pay for school fees.

Like many young Zambian women, Mary Kapwamba was forced to abandon her education when she discovered that she was pregnant. She was devastated.

Rural women produce half of the world’s food, but are some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet.

Did you know?

Rural women make up 25% of the global population

Most of the fish hatcheries of Bangladesh are situated at Jessore district. Oxygen concentration in the water of these hatcheries is very low and carbon dioxide level is higher than desired. These factors lead to very low survival rates of hatchlings and resultant economic losses. Owners were unaware that their hatcheries faced this critical problem. The USAID funded Feed the Future Aquaculture project, implemented by WorldFish is supporting hatchery owners to install aeration towers to mitigate this problem.

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