Guiding the sustainable development of sectors within the blue economy is critical not only to the global goal of thriving life under water (SDG 14), but also across many other goals related to resources, poverty, health, equity and wellbeing. This is especially the case for island and coastal states, where oceans support daily subsistence, livelihoods and economic opportunities, in the face of poverty and food and nutrition insecurity.
The USAID-funded Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) project aims to improve household income and nutrition and create employment opportunities through investments in aquaculture, including fish production.
This three-year project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and led by CARE, aims to increase youth employment in areas of Egypt badly hurt by the down-turn in tourism. WorldFish will deliver the fisheries and aquaculture components of the project including support for the development of aquaculture, value addition for fisheries products and improved fisheries management in Lake Nasser. The project will establish an Agriculture Support Center covering a range of fish, livestock and horticultural value chains creating 2500 jobs for women and youth in this area of high unemployment.