Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

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Third AFSPAN workshop, Nairobi, Kenya

Posted on 4/9/2014 | 1421 reads | Tags: Food security, Nutrition, Policy, Poverty

The third and final annual workshop of the AFSPAN project will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from the 9th to 11th September. The workshop will bring together partners from twenty institutions from across the globe with key expertise in research, development and dissemination to discuss the role of aquaculture in food security, poverty alleviation and nutrition.

The workshop will provide a venue for the research teams and country partners to discuss their findings and the outcomes and lessons learned from the project as a whole.

While aquaculture is often advocated as a tool for rural development, large gaps exist in the research base and many issues such as the contribution of aquaculture to human health, nutrition and micronutrients critical to child development are poorly understood. As a result, aquaculture is often overlooked as a possible development assistance intervention, or conversely, may be introduced in inappropriate circumstances.

The AFSPAN Project is the first attempt to develop comprehensive information on the direct and indirect socio-economic impacts of aquaculture in developing countries. The project’s goal has been to develop methodologies that can be applied to understand this ‘big picture’ role of aquaculture in a development context, building an inter-disciplinary framework for assessment of aquaculture across a broad range of indicators that include food security, poverty alleviation and nutrition.

The highlight of the workshop will be discussions on preparation of a synthesis and policy guidance, drawing on the multi-disciplinary research that has been conducted under the project, including case studies from eleven countries throughout Asia, Africa and South America. It is anticipated that the tools and guidance to emerge from the project will permit more effective targeting of aquaculture as a development intervention in future.

The outcomes of the workshop, research publications, tools, synthesis and policy guidance will be made available from the website in due course.

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