The WorldFish Center addressing global development needs : strategic research by WorldFish and the CGIAR

The work of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) provides a scientific basis for sustainable development. As one of 15 CGIAR research institutes, the WorldFish Center provides expertise on fisheries and aquaculture that helps the CGIAR achieve its mission of reducing hunger and poverty while protecting natural ecosystems on which continued progress depends.

Medium-term plan 2004 - 2006

This Medium Term Plan 2004-2006 presents the World Fish Center’s programs and partnerships and describes how they are designed to provide the scientific basis for multiple positive contributions that living aquatic resources (fish for short) can make to poverty eradication, food and nutritional security, and sound management of the environment.

ICLARM policy on partnerships in research and related activities.

The need for strong national research systems, better utilization of scarce resources, quicker gains from strategic research and matching of complementary skills of agencies, underscores the importance of ICLARM working in partnership with national systems (government and non-government organizations), advanced scientific institutions, individual scientists, the private sector and farmers/fishers. ICLARM recognizes that partnerships can be formed at all levels of the organization from individual scientist level, to project, program and Center level.

Freshwater fish seed resources and supply: Africa regional synthesis

The availability and quality of fingerlings for stocking in aquaculture ponds have repeatedly been identified as a key constraint to the development of aquaculture in Africa. Government hatcheries have generally failed to achieve sustainability and the private sector is impeded by the lack of marketing information and appropriate technological assistance. At present, the main aquaculture species in the continent are Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and the African sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus).

Investigation of aquaculture dynamics in a Ramsar site using earth observation systems in conjunction with a socio-economic assessment

This study presents a comprehensive site-scale analysis conducted within the global wetland inventory and mapping (GWIM) project. GWIM was developed and promoted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) through global partnerships to investigate wetland analyses at multiple scales. The present study investigates the complexity of an inland freshwater wetland system, presenting a conceptual framework for mapping and monitoring the dynamics of Lake Kolleru (a wetland of international importance, as defined by the Ramsar Convention), utilizing a geospatial platform.

From researcher to farmer: partnerships in integrated aquaculture-agriculture systems in Malawi and Cameroon

The potential for integrating aquaculture with agriculture has been widely recognized as a means of improving the use of inputs, diversifying output and economic opportunity, and enabling smallholder producers to maintain and strengthen livelihoods. This paper describes the outcomes of this approach and explains the extent to which it has been taken up and has led to sustained and self-generated capacity. Based in particular on experience in Malawi, Ghana and Cameroon, it also considers implications more widely in the region.


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