IRRI together with WorldFish and other global partners are hosting the Virtual Stakeholder Consultations on CGIAR Research Program in 3 Mega-Deltas. As per the title, this virtual stakeholder consultation event will be separated into three unique Delta-specific themes, namely Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, Mekong Delta, and Ayeyarwady Delta, to articulate and advance a 2030 vision for the Asian Mega-Deltas.
As part of their current webinar series covering the UKRI aquaculture initiative consortia projects, the Aquaculture Research Collaborative Hub UK (ARCH-UK) will hold a session for the “AquaLeap project” led by Professor Ross Houston from the University of Edinburg
Mark your calendars for the “Impact of COVID-19 on Fisheries and Aquaculture in Southeast Asia” webinar hosted by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) from 2-3 July 2020 on the Zoom platform.
This working paper is a collaboration between two CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs): Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) and Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB). It documents linkages between fish, roots, tubers and bananas (RTB crops) within food systems; identifies opportunities for strengthened integration in production systems, animal feed and nutritional products; and identifies constraints and research gaps, and provides policy recommendations that support nutrition-sensitive food systems.
To observe the World Oceans Day 2020, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and WorldFish Bangladesh jointly organised the webinar under the UN theme “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean” on Tuesday, 9 June 2020. Let’s congratulate our colleagues at WorldFish Bangladesh on their successful event in celebration of World Oceans Day 2020!
Modern aquaculture requires the reduction of the feeds cost, which can partly be achieved by minimal use of dietary animal protein. Therefore, this experiment assessing the nutritional potential of using high protein distillers dried grains (HP-DDG) in formulation of affordable striped catfish, Pangasianodon hypophthalmus, diet for more sustainable development of aquaculture. Four diets containing 0, 25, 50 and 75% HP-DDG as partial replacement of fish meal were fed to P.
Four Senior Officers from the Government of Odisha, India, undertook an official visit to WorldFish on 5 November 2019, for the one-day workshop, Maximizing Nutritional Outcomes from Fisheries and Aquaculture in Odisha.
In Bangladesh, the aquaculture production has grown rapidly with the production of fish from aquaculture in 2017-2018 being 24.5 lakh MT, accounting for 56% of total fish production. Within the aquaculture sector, the production of tilapia has grown rapidly from 15,000 MT in 2006-2007 to, 3.85 lakh MT in 2017-2018. It has been projected that in 2030, the total aquaculture production of the country could potentially reach to 80 lakh MT with the production of tilapia being 10 lakh MT.
The Aquaculture: Increasing Income, diversifying diets and empowering women in Bangladesh and Nigeria project aims to enhance the incomes, diets and nutrition of smallholder families. The project embeds proven technologies in Bangladesh by harnessing public and private sector products and services to increase the productivity of smallholder aquaculture systems and conducts research in Nigeria on the role and potential of aquaculture to achieve national development goals and fill critical knowledge gaps.
The project is particularly important from a nutrition-sensitive perspective, as increasing women’s empowerment through the production of fish, a highly nutritious animal-source food, is a key pathway through which the nutrition of women, as well as their family members, will improve.
WorldFish has a project running in the north-west of Bangladesh, in Rangpur and Rajshahi Divisions and in Nigeria using aquaculture to increase income, diversify diets and empower women. The project in Bangladesh builds on earlier work undertaken by WorldFish in different parts of the country. In includes engaging with local service providers and other private sector organizations in the value chain to introduce knowledge and technologies to impact on carp poly-culture. One of the project’s goals is to increase productivity and diversity of fish production systems, including the production of micronutrient-rich small local fish.
In Nigeria WorldFish is engaged in a project using aquaculture to increase income, diversify diets and empower women. In the first 18 months, a national scoping study is being completed to better understand the role of fish, in particular aquaculture, in Nigeria. Once this study is completed there will be more clarity on just how aquaculture can assist in improving smallholder incomes, increasing dietary diversity, improving nutrition and empowering women through engagement in the fish value chain. This work will lead to an improved understanding of fish supply and demand, market trends, value chains, aquaculture systems and the role of fish in diets and nutrition in Nigeria. Once this information is analyzed, it will help WorldFish, Government agencies, the private sector, and potential donors find appropriate entry points for future investment in aquaculture to achieve long-term goals and objectives.
The project partners closely with local and national governments, non-governmental organizations, local service providers, the private sector and development agencies.
- WorldFish. (2020). Aquaculture: Increasing income, diversifying diets, and empowering women in Bangladesh.WorldFish. Fact Sheet: 2020-07
- WorldFish. (2020). Nutrition: Improved dietary diversity and consumption. Penang, Malaysia: WorldFish. Fact Sheet: 2020-05.