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).
In Bangladesh, where food shortages and malnutrition continue to plague millions, an aquaculture project is helping to raise family income and assist the rural poor to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Bangladesh, the world’s third poorest country, boosted basic food production in the 1970s and 1980s with the introduction of high yielding cereal crops. The benefits of the new varieties, however, largely failed to reach the Adivasi ethnic minority.
Moshni is typical of many small villages in the vast coastal delta region of Bangladesh, where the population depends largely on agriculture and aquaculture for food, nutrition and income.
The people of this coastal region, and the aquatic agricultural systems their livelihoods depend on, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. These include increased frequency of flooding due to sea-level rise, elevated salinity in agricultural areas, greater monsoon precipitation, and increased vulnerability to cyclone and storm surges, drought.