Marcelino Pereira and his family rarely used to eat fish. “It’s very difficult to get fish in this area. We are waiting for fish from the ocean to be sold here, but fish traders don’t often come.”
In their inland village of Lacoliu in Baucau municipality, perched high in the mountains, fish is only available in the local market once or twice a month.
Since becoming a fish farmer in 2014, Marcelino now grows and harvests enough tilapia for his family to eat frequently. “Before, we didn’t even have fish once a year. Now, at least twice a week we eat fish,” he says happily.
During the first 1,000 days of life, from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday, children are most vulnerable to the effects of undernutrition and disease. Suchana aims to reduce undernutrition and stunting in children in Bangladesh, by targeting children under two and women of reproductive age (15-45 years) from 250,000 poor households in Sylhet and Moulvibazar. The project has an integrated approach, adopting a range of market-based, gender-sensitive and nutrition-sensitive activities. Activities to improve nutrition include capacity building, teaching households to produce nutritious food such as fish, chickens and vegetables, and linking households with markets.
Aquaculture is increasingly recognized for its real and potential role in improving income, nutrition and overall food security in developing countries. But a recent WorldFish study has found that the distribution of these benefits to the poor and marginalized is influenced by socio-cultural dynamics, such as gender, race or ethnicity. In this edition of the WorldFish podcast, we are joined by Senior Scientist Jharendu Pant and Research Analyst Surendran Rajaratnam to discuss why that's the case.
MYNutrition aims to adapt and scale up the innovative integrated aquaculture and fisheries/agriculture-nutrition linkages developed under the IFAD-funded Small Fish and Nutrition project in northwest rural Myanmar from 2010 to 2013. The project will engage men and women in the homestead production of traditional carp and micronutrient-rich small fish species and vegetables, and increase production of indigenous fish (mostly small-sized) through community-based sustainable wetlands management and enhanced stocking. MYNutrition works to increase awareness and capacity of government and partner NGO staff in nutrition-sensitive agricultural interventions and research, building on the efforts of the MYCulture and MYFish projects.