Maintaining the "public good" nature of improved fish strains: dissemination of knowledge and materials

Many sources of information that discuss currents problems of food security point to the importance of farmed fish as an ideal food source that can be grown by poor farmers, (Asian Development Bank 2004). Furthermore, the development of improved strains of fish suitable for low-input aquaculture such as Tilapia, has demonstrated the feasibility of an approach that combines “cutting edge science” with accessible technology, as a means for improving the nutrition and livelihoods of both the urban poor and poor farmers in developing countries (Mair et al. 2002).

Linking small-scale fisheries and aquaculture to household nutritional security: an overview

Small-scale fisheries and aquaculture have been recognized as important opportunities to enhance household food security in developing countries. While interventions aiming at promoting these activities reveal many positive effects, their direct and indirect impacts on nutritional status have not yet been fully documented. The objective of this paper is to identify more specifically the potential pathways that exist between fish-related livelihoods (small-scale fisheries, fish farming) and household nutritional security.

Impacts of climate variability and change on fishery-based livelihoods

There is increasing concern over the consequences of global warming for the food security and livelihoods of the world’s 36million fisherfolk and the nearly 1.5 billion consumers who rely on fish for more than 20% of their dietary animal protein. With mounting evidence of the impacts of climate variability and change on aquatic ecosystems, the resulting impacts on fisheries livelihoods are likely to be significant, but remain a neglected area in climate adaptation policy.

Gender and aquaculture: sharing the benefits equitably

Aquaculture is the fastest growing agricultural sector in the world; it can meet both the food security and cash needs of poor households in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Women’s involvement in aquaculture is more significant than often assumed. In many developing countries formal statistics often overlook the nature and extent of their vital contribution. Research on gender and aquaculture at the WorldFish Center identifies five key themes for consideration.

The end of the line: who is most at risk from the crisis in global fisheries?

This synopsis praises the film "The end of the line" in bringing attention to fisheries and food crisis faced by the world. However, not enough focus has been placed on African fisheries where food fish is a key component of the protein intake by a large population. To help tackle the global fisheries crisis, the synopsis recommends two more strategies i) use aid to help secure the productivity of the fish stockes upon which the world's poor depend and ii) invest in developing sustainable aquaculture solutions that meet the food needs of the poor in developing countries.

The fisheries of Zanzibar: potential for new investments

Zanzibar, one of the poorest areas of sub-Saharan Africa, has a good potential for foreign investment in offshore (EEZ) marine capture fisheries, in aquaculture and in fi sheries infrastructure. Zanzibar’s fisheries resources could be better managed in an effort to alleviate the poverty of its rural population and to provide food security. At present, Zanzibar’s fisheries are artisanal and its total annual production of fish of just over 20000 t, caught in inshore waters, is consumed locally.

Challenges in sustaining and increasing fish production to combat hunger and poverty in Asia

Fish and fisheries make a major contribution to nutritional security and the fight against hunger and poverty in Asia. An additional 37 million t of food fish will be needed by 2020 to meet the needs of the growing population, changing dietary habits and increasing income levels. Production from capture fisheries has reached a plateau, with most fisheries having reached their maximum sustainable yields or being overexploited.

Blue frontiers: managing the environmental costs of aquaculture

Blue Frontiers: Managing the environmental costs of aquaculture is a publication from The WorldFish Center and Conservation International. The report analyzes how the global aquaculture industry uses natural resources and its impacts on the environment. It makes a broad-brush comparison of aquaculture with other animal food production systems and extrapolates from past history to look forward and identify potential future impacts. The paper also proposes important recommendations for policy makers and scientists engaged in debate on the future of food production and nutrition security.

A better margin: disadvantaged minorities in rural Bangladesh boost their incomes with new fish skills

This factsheet hightlights the achievements of the Adivasi Fisheries Project (AFP) targeting the disadvanged rural minorities called Adivasi. In leading the AFP, the WorldFish Center built on 2 decades of earlier work in Bangladesh on aquaculture techniques for smallholders and communities fisheries management. The AFP lifted the average income of participating Adivasi households. The increased income improved their food securities, reducing their food deficit period from 1.7 months in 2007 to 1.4 months in 2008.

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