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WorldFish HQ events: SPAITS Project Inception Workshop

Scaling Systems and Partnerships for Accelerating the Adoption of Improved Tilapia Strains by Small-Scale Fish Farmers (SPAITS) Project Inception Workshop

Global demand for seafood continues to rise, driven by population growth, higher incomes, urbanization and increasing preference for seafood protein. As capture fisheries production has reached its limits, the growth of aquaculture is critical for meeting the increasing demand for fish. One of the bottlenecks constraining sustainable aquaculture development is the lack of improved strains of fish.

To date, aquaculture in developing countries is still largely based on unimproved fish strains, which are genetically similar or inferior to wild counterparts. This results in aquaculture with poor growth rate, high mortality and production costs. Genetically improved seeds of fish and other aquatic species are essential for increasing productivity and improving socioeconomic performance of aquaculture production.

As part of the sustainable aquaculture research of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH), the BMZ/GIZ funded SPAITS project aims to accelerate the dissemination of improved tilapia and carp strains to smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia, and provide feedback to research on new genetic traits in tilapia that could further benefit smallholders in developing countries.

Dr Nhoung Tran, WorldFish research leads specialize in fish supply and demand modeling and climate change with his research teams will be coordinating the two-days workshop from 14th to 15th February 2019.The goal of workshops is to provide attendees with a focused and in-depth platform to develop project workplans, including project sites, timelines, deliverables and activities of each of the four outputs of the SPAITS project, refine the proposed methodologies and develop a common understanding of the project, and its different activities, expected outcomes, and the individual roles and responsibilities in achieving the project’s deliverables.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 to Friday, February 15, 2019
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Study tour to Bangladesh fosters knowledge-sharing on rice-fish systems

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Type: Story

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Type: Story

Reviews of co-management and information and communications technology used in support of small-scale fisheries in Asia

The dual-objective project, funded and conducted in collaboration with FAO, first focuses on reviewing current approaches and outcomes that have been facilitated through co-management governance strategies in Asia. Substantial investments have been made ...

Type: Project

Small-scale aquaculture improves the lives of farmers in Myanmar

In Myanmar, the fast-growing aquaculture sector has huge potential to improve the lives of rural households, which make up 70 percent of the population and depend largely on low-yielding agriculture for their livelihoods (FAO 2015).  Research by the ...

Type: Story

Global workshop closes with commitment to enabling environment for new research on fish for nourishment

Participants at the Global Workshop on Nutrition-sensitive Fish Agri-Food Systems which closed 8 December in Siem Reap, Cambodia agreed that while evidence is mounting that fish is a solid investment choice, in particular for reducing global ...

Type: Press Release

Promoting multi-stakeholder contributions to international cooperation on sustainable solutions for aquaculture development in South-East Asia

The European Union is the world’s largest importer of seafood products, mainly from Asia. The growth of aquaculture in Asia has been remarkable, but it also raises environmental concerns and poses serious challenges in terms of sustainability, social ...

Type: Project

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In Bangladesh, many poor fishers struggle to cope during the government-imposed hilsa fishing ban. Boosting the resilience of the communities whose livelihoods depend on hilsa (also known as ilish), the national fish of Bangladesh, is therefore the goal ...

Type: Video

Pond to Plate: Sustainable shrimp farming in Aceh

After the 2004 tsunami destroyed the aquaculture industry in Aceh, Indonesia, an area famous for shrimp, small-scale farmers struggled to rebuild their businesses. Now, as part of the IDH-funded Sustaining Shrimp Farming in Aceh project, WorldFish and ...

Type: Video

CSISA-BD – Changing aquaculture in Bangladesh

From 2010 to 2015, the USAID-funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) worked in six hubs in Bangladesh to fight food security by improving agricultural and aquaculture productivity and promoting technology innovation. This outcome video ...

Type: Video