More than two billion people are estimated to be deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, also called micronutrients. Preschool-aged children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable, and have high prevalence of iron and vitamin A deficiencies. Micronutrient deficiencies increase the risk of diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and measles, leading to adverse consequences in growth and cognitive development of children, reproductive performance and work productivity.
The 27th “National Fish Week-2019 is being observed across Bangladesh 18-24 July 2019. This special week entirely dedicated to fish is an existing opportunity to raise awareness and encourage individuals and fish farming communities to practice sustainable fish farming, better-manage natural resources while helping prevent the extinction of various species of indigenous fish.
Each month, we highlight a selection of our new publications. Feed was a focus in May, with a novel feeding system and a plant-based alternative to fishmeal showing potentially significant cost and sustainability benefits.
To help tackle the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance in developing countries, WorldFish has been invited to contribute to the new CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Hub. The international hub, which will integrate and channel research and development efforts of three CGIAR centers and three CGIAR research programs including FISH, is being launched on 21–22 February 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.
A new agreement with ACI Agribusiness, a leading aggregator of agri inputs in Bangladesh, will provide timely and affordable access to digital advisory services to small-scale fish farmers and their local service providers.
Rice-fish systems are common in many South and Southeast Asian countries as well as some areas of Africa. A week-long visit to Bangladesh by delegation from Cambodia offered participants opportunity to share challenges and successes around these systems.
Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity is a five-year (2018–2023), USD 24.5 million investment by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This is under the United States Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future, and has the goal of achieving inclusive aquaculture sector growth through a market systems approach in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence (ZOI) and Resilience Focus Area (RFA).
The Activity builds on the achievements of the six-year Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) project, which ended in 2017, but applies a market systems, rather than a direct delivery, approach. This means stimulating co-investment by the private sector and organizations to achieve the objectives with a focus on sustainability from the start.
Goal and objectives
The goal of the Activity is to achieve inclusive aquaculture sector growth through a market systems approach. Specific objectives are:
- increased productivity of aquaculture systems
- strengthened aquaculture market systems, with special attention paid to expanding opportunities for women and youth
- increased awareness and adoption of nutrition-related behavior, specifically focusing on women and youth.
- improved access to better quality aquaculture inputs, services and/or market channels for 400,000 men, women and youth in the Feed the Future ZOI and the RFA
- 30 percent expansion of investment in aquaculture production and market related to inputs and services in the Feed the Future ZOI and the RFA by the private sector
- 30 percent increase in productivity from ponds and ghers in the Feed the Future ZOI and the RFA
- 20 percent increase in the number of households adopting improved nutritional practices.
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 in co-management of small-scale fisheries (SSFs), and in the first activity we will review co-management in the region using peer reviewed and grey literature. The project’s major activity is to examine how co-management has been undertaken and what has been achieved in particular cases (we will apply a case study approach) in a way that can strengthen future investments in co-management. Secondly, this project responds to a request from the Asia-Pacific Fisheries Commission asking for information to support decision-making and strategic planning in the use, development and governance of information communication technologies (ICTs) in SSFs in the region. We will make a preliminary assessment of the ways ICTs have been used, including outcomes and potential unintended consequences. Then through events, we will facilitate sharing of experiences with ICTs for SSFs in the region and beyond. These two reviews will produce valuable information products to fisheries decision-makers working in Asia.