Without access to training or resources many of Bangladesh’s poor rural farmers, like Bilal and Sufia Mallick, struggle to make a living from their household ponds.
In Bangladesh, there has been decline in the areas of inland water and inundation, drastically reducing the vital habitats for wild fish stocks. This has contributed to decreased fish harvest, in particular for small fish like mola, which the rural poor depend on for food and income.
“Our ponds used to be brimming with naturally grown mola fish even two years back, but recently these small fish have become rare,” says Julekha Bugem, a farmer from Nilgonj village, in Barguna.
The Barotse Floodplain in the Western Province of Zambia is one of the three focus areas for the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), led by WorldFish. The AAS Program aims to increase agricultural and fish production, and improve the value chains for fish and other products.
AAS focuses on establishing successful partnerships with global, national and local organizations to achieve its goals. Some of these partnerships include the People’s Participation Service (PPS), Caritas Mongu, and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE).