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This policy brief provides information on the scale of HIV/AIDS in the fisheries sector in Africa, the reasons why prevalence is so high and how this affects fishing communities. Access to health services and antiretroviral therapy is then briefly reviewed, as are some of the limited experiences directly targeting HIV/AIDS programmes to fishing communities. The concluding discussion highlights areas where more work is needed on policy development, action and further research.
Aquaculture production techniques based on the culture of low-value herbivorous and/or omnivorous freshwater finfish in inland rural communities, within semi-intensive or extensive farming systems that use moderate to low levels of production inputs, have supplied large quantities of affordable fish for domestic markets and home consumption.
Improved farm household nutrition and a stronger economy are among the principal intended benefits of integrated farming systems based on fish culture. Paradoxically, no controllell research has been conducted to assess the extent to which these intended benefits occur in practice. In this paper the authors present a simple field use methodology for estimating these nutritional and economic benefits, using survey and secondary statistical data from Ghana to model outcomes.