Farmers' guidebook on pond fish culture (in Bangla)

This guidebook details the technical steps to culturing fish in homestead ponds in Bangladesh. It is targeted at hilsa fishers in rural Bangladesh, who often have ponds where they can culture fish and fulfil their livelihood needs yet have insufficient knowledge about fish culture. The aim of the guidebook is to support fishers to develop an alternate income source and help them cope with the seasonal ban on hilsa fishing imposed by the government.

Livelihood diversity and dynamism in Timor-Leste; insights for coastal resource governance and livelihood development

Coastal communities within small island developing states are typically highly dependent on fisheries and other natural resource-based livelihoods. However, specialisation as a ‘fisher’ is rare compared to diverse livelihoods that can be adapted as opportunities and challenges emerge. Understanding this dynamic “livelihood landscape” is important for improving governance and livelihood opportunities associated with natural resources.

Identifying opportunities to improve governance of aquatic agricultural systems through participatory action research

Challenges of governance often constitute critical obstacles to efforts to equitably improve livelihoods in social-ecological systems. Yet, just as often, these challenges go unspoken, or are viewed as fixed parts of the context, beyond the scope of influence of agricultural, development, or natural resource management initiatives. What does it take to get governance obstacles and opportunities out in the open, creating the space for constructive dialogue and collective action that can help to address them?

Conflict and collective action in Tonle Sap fisheries: adapting governance to support community livelihoods

This paper presents the results of action research conducted from 2009 to 2015 on the dynamics of resource conflict concerning fisheries and livelihoods in the Tonle Sap Lake, as well as the institutional context and strategies for institutional adaptation to address such conflicts equitably.

A new professionalism for agricultural research for development

There have been repeated calls for a ‘new professionalism’ for carrying out agricultural research for development since the 1990s. At the centre of these calls is a recognition that for agricultural research to support the capacities required to face global patterns of change and their implications on rural livelihoods, requires a more systemic, learning focused and reflexive practice that bridges epistemologies and methodologies.

Growth and economic analysis of freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii (de Man), produced with feeds substituting sunflower cake for fish meal, soya bean meal and mustard oil cake

Prawn farming has grown in popularity since its introduction to Bangladesh in the early 1980s and is now widely practised in coastal areas. In Bangladesh, the main fish feed ingredients for prawn farming are rice bran, maize, soya bean meal, mustard oil cake, fish meal and meat and bone meal. This study was designed to evaluate the suitability of variable concentrations of low-cost oil-extracted sunflower cake in the diet for freshwater prawn M. rosenbergii in freshwater gher aquaculture system of Southern Bangladesh.

What shapes food value chains? Lessons from aquaculture in Asia

In this article, the authors explain what shapes food value chains through the analysis of selected aquaculture industries in four key Asian producing countries. Worldwide production of aquatic resources has grown rapidly in the past few decades, and aquaculture production in Asia has played a decisive role in this growth. They examine the main forms of coordination found along these value chains and the role that institutional frameworks play in governing them.

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