The MYFC project aims to introduce low cost polyculture systems with small indigenous species of fish to increase incomes, food security and nutrition for the resource-poor, focusing on women and children. WorldFish will work with four government and NGO partners to build technical capacity through the Fisheries Research and Development Network. The project will target four townships in Ayeyarwady Delta and four townships in the central dry zone. By the end of the project, 5,000 households will be directly engaged in fish production and a further 5,000 households will indirectly benefit through access to knowledge, learning and sharing.
In Cambodia, small fish are abundant in rice field fisheries and are an important part of a healthy diet. Small fish provide micronutrients such as vitamin A, zinc, iron and calcium that are needed for cognitive and physical development, especially in children.
In Bangladesh, around 60% of the population have inadequate intake of vitamin A, which is needed for normal vision, reproduction and a good immune system. A new WorldFish study finds that a long-term commitment to the farming of mola, a small indigenous fish species, could improve the vitamin A intake of the 98% of Bangladeshis who eat fish and save 3,000 lives over an 11-year period. In this edition of the WorldFish podcast, we are joined by WorldFish Senior Scientist, Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted, to discuss this significant finding.
Aquaculture for Low Income Consumers (AquaLINC) is a project that aims to increase supplies of affordable and nutritious fish for poor consumers. It will explore innovative production methods to produce smaller tilapias, and test fish feeding approaches to improve the nutritional quality of fish for consumption. Trials will be done on farms and research stations to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of producing smaller and more nutritious fish. AquaLINC will also survey households, retailers and consumers to understand fish buying behaviour and test acceptability of the new tilapia products.
For the 250,000 people living in the region, 80% of whom survive on less than USD 1.25 per day, accessing nutritious foods throughout the year can be challenging.
With little income, most cultivate crops, keep livestock, catch fish or harvest wild foods from the surrounding plain.
A nutritious, inexpensive and environmentally friendly food.
More than 30% of Bangladeshi suffer from undernutrition, consuming insufficient quantities of vitamin A, iron and zinc.
While Bangladesh has made significant progress in reducing undernutrition in recent years, a large proportion of the population still do not consume enough vitamin A, iron and zinc to meet nutritional requirements.
In rural areas, more than 30% of the population is stunted, 29% are underweight and 21% are wasted. Young children, pregnant and lactating women are particularly at risk.