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The majority of the population of north west Cambodia is dependent on subsistence farming foraging systems. Forests, fishery and farming are the main resource bases. The self-sustaining peasant type households draw their food and livelihood from a combination of activities such as farming and hunting-gathering of fish, wildlife and wood materials. This system of utilisation of common and private property has evolved over centuries and has ensured two things.
A narration of the collaborative work between ICLARM fish farming / culture program in Bangladesh with the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute on potential use of seasonal ponds as small scale fish ponds. The ponds could be used to increase fish production in Bangladesh up to 80%. The women could manage the fish culture and in the process of doing so, contribute to household income, provide employment and improve family nutrition.
In Bangladesh, only 6% of the daily food intake is animal food of which fish accounts for 50%. Rice is the mainstay, making up 60% of the daily food intake. However, many nutrients such as vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, zinc and iodine are not found in rice and have to be obtained from other sources.