Fish trait preferences: a review of existing knowledge and implications for breeding programmes

Continued growth of the aquaculture sector will rely on the availability of fish with traits that respond to the needs and preferences of these users along the value chain. Such trait responsiveness requires that fish breeding programmes have reliable knowledge of these users’ trait preferences. The present study found from a non-systematic literature review, that no fish breeding programme had reported user preference in their product-profile design.

WorldFish in India

India is a scaling country for WorldFish and the CGIAR Research Program on FISH. This growing program assists the government and private sector to scale various fisheries and aquaculture technologies in India.

CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH)

A fish agri-food system is an interconnected and interdependent system involving components of fish production through to processing, marketing and consumption. The CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) is a collaborative global partnership that aims to enhance the sustainability, productivity and resilience of fish agri-food systems, contributing to global goals for poverty reductions, food and nutrition security, and improved resilience of natural resource systems.

IDEA: Income, Diets and Empowerment through Aquaculture

IDEA: Income, Diets and Empowerment through Aquaculture project aims to enhance the incomes, diets and nutrition of smallholder families. The project embeds proven technologies in Bangladesh by harnessing public and private sector products and services to increase the productivity of smallholder aquaculture systems and conducts research in Nigeria on the role and potential of aquaculture to achieve national develop goals and fill critical knowledge gaps. 

The project is particularly important from a nutrition-sensitive perspective, as increasing women’s empowerment through the production of fish, a highly nutritious animal-source food, is a key pathway through which the nutrition of women, as well as their family members will improve.

The IDEA project partners closely with local and national governments, non-governmental organizations, local service providers, the private sector and development agencies.

Partnership for Aquaculture Development in Timor-Leste (PADTL): Development of sustainable aquaculture in Timor-Leste (Tetum)

In 2012, the National Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NDFA), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) Timor-Leste developed the National Aquaculture Development Strategy (NADS) 2012-2030 with technical assistance from WorldFish. The New Zealand Aid Programme funded a 5-year project to support development activities identified within the NADS. The National Directorate of Aquaculture (NDA) takes a pivotal role in implementing the project, with WorldFish providing technology and training/mentoring support.

Partnership for Aquaculture Development in Timor-Leste (PADTL): Sustainable GIFT seed production and dissemination model in Timor-Leste (Tetum)

Assured supply of quality seed is key to sustainable intensification of tilapia production in Timor-Leste. Enhanced availability of and improved access to seed hinge upon the establishment of a network of government and private hatcheries and nurseries for widespread distribution to farmers.

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