Status of the Mekong Delta: agricultural development, environmental pollution and farmer differentiation

More than half of the 4 million hectares of the Mekong Delta are covered by acid sulfate soils (ASS). Most ASS areas have been reclaimed for agricultural production during recent decades by means of new canals, new settlements, floodplain drainage, and new rice varieties and cropping systems. In 1996, agriculture occupied 83% of the total area of the Delta. Urban areas account for 10% of the total area. This leaves only 7% for natural or semi-natural wetlands. Rice is the dominant agricultural product and greatly contributes to the food security of the country.

Methodology for economic valuation of food security and vulnerability to poverty for inland fisheries in Africa

Fish play an increasingly important role in national and local economies of many developing countries. Africa’s rivers, wetlands and lakes are especially important for poor rural households for whom they provide employment and income opportunities in areas where other economic alternatives are scarce or inexistent. They also provide nutritional safetynets in these regions with limited roads and access to market. However, policy makers and regional decision makers tend to underrate fisheries, in particular inland small-scale fisheries.

Medium-term plan 2003 - 2005

This rolling Medium Term Plan (MTP) for 2003-2005 presents WorldFish Center’s (WorldFish) programs and partnerships and describes how they are designed to provide the scientific basis for the multiple positive contributions of sustainable aquatic resources management to poverty eradication, food security and environmental rehabilitation.

Key issues in coastal fisheries South and Southeast Asia, outcomes of a regional initiative

Asia is an important region in terms of fish trade supplying nearly 60% of global fish production. The region’s coastal fisheries play a critical role in ensuring food security and providing livelihoods, particularly for poorer sections of the community. This paper introduces a regional initiative in which eight Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) undertook simultaneous, multi-disciplinary assessments of their coastal fisheries.

Investing in Africa: the WorldFish Center's African strategy in summary

Across much of Africa, freshwater and coastal fisheries provide an important source of food and livelihood for many millions of people. In addition, the aquaculture potential of the continent has only recently begun to be developed. To help sustain these capture fisheries, support the emergence of aquaculture and foster the contribution of both to sustainable livelihoods and improved food security, the WorldFish Center is increasing its investment in Africa.

Introduction of alien species/strains and their impact on biodiversity

Africa has been the source of alien species that are widely used in aquaculture and fisheries in many parts of the world, but African aquaculture has not benefited greatly either from the domestication of African species or the introduction of improved breed from elsewhere. In efforts to develop African aquaculture further, there is a desire to reintroduce genetically improved tilapia (primarily Oreochromis niloticus) back into Africa. However, there are risks to native African aquatic biodiversity that must be dealt within the re-introduction of African species.

Food and nutritional security in Bangladesh: going beyond carbohydrate counts

The progress towards achieving household nutritional food-security in Bangladesh has remained slow. So far the food security is cereal-based (mainly rice) and food basket has not yet diversified towards high nutritive/ quality food. This article has examined the expenditure inequalities in the dietary pattern and incidence of poverty in Bangladesh by using household income, expenditure and food consumption survey data. Results have shown wide-spread inequalities in income and expenditure distribution.

Fisheries rehabilitation in post-tsunami Aceh: Status and needs from participatory appraisals.

The widespread and long-term nature of the tsunami damage in Aceh province, Indonesia has threatened the continued use of coastal and fisheries resources. This article describes the application of the Rapid Appraisal of Fisheries Management System (RAFMS) methodology and presents key findings from the participatory appraisals in 15 study sites. The focus is on changes in the number and types of fishing boats and fishing effort, consumption and marketing flow patterns and community perspectives on livelihood options.

Fisheries policy research in developing countries: issues, priorities and needs.

Proceedings of an international consultation held on 2-5 June 1997 in the North Sea Centre, Hirtshals, Denmark. Organized into three sessions, the first session focused on policy issues related to major changes in the demand and supply of fish. The second session focused on the impact of fisheries policies on food security and the environment. The third session was discussion of priority areas for fisheries policy research targeted to developing countries.

Fisheries and poverty reduction

The purpose of this review is to review historic and contemporary research into fisher poverty. Our review commences by acknowledging the paucity of studies on the levels of (income) poverty within the sector and highlights the fact that, somewhat paradoxically, a growing number of studies are suggesting that average incomes for fishing households outstrip those recorded by non-fishing households in the same areas.

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