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Small-scale fisheries, food security and wholesome nutrition: Understanding, appreciating and interrogating the linkages

Small-scale fisheries are the backbone of the marine and inland fisheries sector in Asia. However, the many millions of men and women involved in these small-scale activities of harvesting, processing and marketing continue to be faced with numerous challenges and fewer meaningful opportunities.

Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART)

In the Indian state of Assam, capture fisheries and aquaculture provide livelihoods for thousands of rural households, who are directly or indirectly involved in the production and marketing of fish. 

While the current average productivity in ponds is around 1,680 kg/ha/yr, beel fisheries produce less than 500 kg/ha/yr. This is far below the potential productivity as well as below the productivity achieved by other states, including Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. In addition, the quality of fish seed produced in the state is sub-standard because of inbreeding and use of undersized broodstock. The chronic shortage of fish feed also impedes farm productivity. 

The Government of Assam (GoA), through the Government of India, has received a loan of USD 200 million from the World Bank for implementation of the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART). The project development objective (PDO) is to add value and improve resilience of selected agriculture value chains, focusing on smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs in targeted districts of Assam. Fish has been prioritized as one of the value chains for interventions under APART.

Objectives

WorldFish will provide technical support to the Directorate of Fisheries in the implementation of the project's fisheries sub-component. In line with the PDO, the technical support aims to accomplish the following five broad objectives:

  • Enable sustainable increases in aquaculture production without creating adverse socioeconomic or environmental impacts (sustainable intensification of aquaculture);
  • Secure and enhance the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security in Assam (increasing the diversity and productivity of beels);
  • Increase the availability, access and consumption of nutrient-rich, safe fish, especially for women of reproductive age, infants and young children (improving fish value chains and human nutrition);
  • Develop and promote climate-resilient technologies in support of sustainable aquaculture and small-scale fisheries (climate -resilient/climate-smart aquaculture technologies);
  • Promote gender-transformative approaches in support of sustainable aquaculture and beel fisheries in Assam (gender-transformative approaches in aquaculture).

Improved data management is enhancing innovation and impact, byte by byte

WorldFish has been a leader in aquaculture and fisheries development for decades, producing valuable outputs that are generally considered to be global public goods. Recognizing the need to make these outputs findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR), WorldFish has made a strong commitment to open access and open data (OA-OD), signing on to the CGIAR’s Open Access and Data Management Policy.

WorldFish External events: Science for Ocean Actions

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has established a High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, endorsed by the United Nations and G7 countries. To showcase the best scientific knowledge in the field and contribute substantively to the work of the High-level Panel, leading experts will come together at the associated Science for Ocean Actions conference to identify challenges and opportunities for the sustainable management of biological marine resources in different regions of the world.

Identifying suitable carp and prawn nursing practices under changing environmental cycle and developing their business model by linking with market and farmers

The coastal zone of southwest Bangladesh, endowed with diverse resources, bears a significant scope in ensuring security of food and livelihood of the coastal poor people. However, the region is highly prone to adverse weather events and environmental changes leading to vulnerability in the agricultural production as well as food security, and livelihood of the people. The uncertainties of the weather and environmental events in the coastal region often affect the potential aquaculture inputs producing industries like fish seeds.

Health management practices and occupational health hazards in shrimp and prawn farming in South West Bangladesh

A wide range of chemical and biological products are used in aquaculture to improve the health status and to prevent or cure diseases of cultured animals. The present study aimed to identify the health issues, management practices and occupational health hazards related to shrimp (Penaeus monodon) and prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) farming in the southwest region of Bangladesh.

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