A quiet revolution is happening in the ponds of shrimp farmers in Bangladesh. Since 2012, commercial shrimp farmers have increased production by 21 percent to 280 kg per hectare, the result of following better management practices (BMP) and using virus-free shrimp seed. This is part of the USAID-funded Aquaculture and Income for Nutrition project, which has trained over 50,000 commercial farmers in BMP since 2012.
In poor households in Bangladesh, women participate in aquaculture much less than men. To increase women’s involvement, the USAID-funded Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition project has introduced gill nets, which enable women to quickly and easily harvest small fish from their household pond. This has helped increase households' access to and consumption of fish.
In Timor-Leste, reef fish stocks are dwindling, increasing the pressure faced by fishing-dependent households. Inshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) are helping combat this problem, explains WorldFish Senior Scientist David Mills, by increasing oceanic fish supply and protecting vital reefs.
Following the the 2004 tsunami many in Aceh, Indonesia are rebuilding their lives with the help of aquaculture. WorldFish works with partners including Ecohub, the producer of this video, to champion small scale aquaculture providing social and economic protection for many affected communities.
Aquaculture is increasingly recognized for its real and potential role in improving income, nutrition and overall food security in developing countries. But a recent WorldFish study has found that the distribution of these benefits to the poor and marginalized is influenced by socio-cultural dynamics, such as gender, race or ethnicity. In this edition of the WorldFish podcast, we are joined by Senior Scientist Jharendu Pant and Research Analyst Surendran Rajaratnam to discuss why that's the case.
In Cambodia, small fish are abundant in rice field fisheries and are an important part of a healthy diet. Small fish provide micronutrients such as vitamin A, zinc, iron and calcium that are needed for cognitive and physical development, especially in children.
In Bangladesh, around 60% of the population have inadequate intake of vitamin A, which is needed for normal vision, reproduction and a good immune system. A new WorldFish study finds that a long-term commitment to the farming of mola, a small indigenous fish species, could improve the vitamin A intake of the 98% of Bangladeshis who eat fish and save 3,000 lives over an 11-year period. In this edition of the WorldFish podcast, we are joined by WorldFish Senior Scientist, Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted, to discuss this significant finding.
In Barotse floodplain, savings and internal lending communities (SILC) enable smallholder farmers, especially women, to borrow money to invest in agriculture or other productive activities. The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agriculture Systems is embedding a gender-transformative approach within SILC by having trained facilitators discuss gender-related issues at group meetings. Research shows this approach is helping improve income and opportunity.
More than 30% of Bangladeshi suffer from undernutrition, consuming insufficient quantities of vitamin A, iron and zinc.
Gher farming is a traditional agriculture system in Bangladesh. A pond is dug into a rice field to use for fish farming, with the dug out soil used to create dykes around the pond for growing vegetables.