Assessment of the local service provider model in Bangladesh

The LSP model has gained some popularity in Bangladesh in recent years and has been implemented by several projects. This assessment focuses on the LSP models implemented by Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) and Improving Food Security and Livelihoods (IFSL), specifically. This study intended to (1) describe how the models were implemented, (2) what the outcomes were, and (3) what could be done in the future to use the LSP model for scaling, especially for improving the involvement of women as LSPs.

Better management practices manual for smallholders farming tilapia in pond-based systems in Zambia

Tilapia is one of the most popular fish species for farming and is second in terms of volume after carps. WorldFish has been working for decades on fish genetic improvement and dissemination activities across Asia and Africa. Building on this knowledge, the WorldFish Strategy (2017–2022) and CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) (2017–2022) are providing a combination of support to accelerate fish breeding, and improvement programs and increasing the impact of dissemination of improved fish breeds.

WorldFish HQ events: Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Training

Data collection and metadata are becoming more important to business decisions. It is an essential tool for preserving the organization's legacy, facilitate digital preservation and scholarly communication as well as boosting the outreach of knowledge materials. Comprehensive metadata that contains all key information on research data can be reused for other purposes and over the longer term.

Empowering Women Fish Retailers in Egypt (EWFIRE) Project

In 2018, WorldFish Egypt launched the Empowering Women Fish Retailers (EWFIRE) Project. Funded by the European Commission (EuropeAid), the project supports vulnerable women retailers and processors to develop their businesses in five urban areas across the Sharkia governorate, lower Egypt (Zagazig, Faous, Belbeis, Al-Hussainya and Abu-Kebeer). The objective is to empower existing and new fish retailers by providing training in product development, increasing their market visibility and supporting community-based market development initiatives in Sharkia.

Tekshoyi unnoyon e service provision model (Service provision model in sustainable development)

This story describes the service provision model introduced by WorldFish through the Improving Food Security and Livelihoods project. The model focuses on local service providers (LSP) and service provider associations (SPAs), which act as a bridge between poor producers, private sector entities and government agencies. SPAs help the poor to enter and benefit from markets. Each LSP organizes input and output market support for around ten groups of 20–25 farming households.

Shomirer upolobdhi (Shomir's enlightenment)

This story describes the impact of agrochemical use in aquaculture. Shomir was spending a lot of money to buy multiple chemicals and medicines recommended by different local sales agents, without knowing why they were needed or how to apply them. In addition, the chemicals were not increasing his fish production as he expected, and he noticed they made his skin itch. Ali, a local service provider trained by WorldFish, told him about a training course for fish farmers. The course taught him about best management practices and the correct use of chemicals in his pond.

Rajur shofolota (Raju's success)

This story describes Raju’s adoption of best farming practices. He was following conventional farming methods but did not have enough capital to intensify his production and was disappointed with his annual profit. Ali, a local service provider trained by WorldFish, told him how to fatten overwintered carp and prawn at low density and low input and get faster growth. By following Ali’s advice, he found that he did not need to spend a lot of money on feed because he was stocking less fish. He was also able to pay for the feed with his own money until they became a marketable size.

Aquaculture Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training for Improved Private Sector and Smallholder Skills project in Zambia

Zambia currently has a high rate of youth unemployment. There are also noticeable disparities between men and women in the labor force, especially a lack of women formally working in the fisheries sector who have received fisheries skills training. The current technical education, vocational and entrepreneurship training (TEVET) system in Zambia also faces challenges, including developing skills that are relevant to the private sector.

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