Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

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Posted on 16/2/2012 | 3155 reads | Tags: Poverty, Nutrition, Food security, Cooperation

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Welcome to the AFSPAN Project, a three-year initiative to improve our understanding of the role of aquaculture in food security, poverty alleviation and human nutrition. The project is developing new methodologies to quantify the impact of aquaculture in developing nations and low income food deficit countries. It is funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme.

Aquaculture is widely considered an important component for enhancing food security, income and nutrition. However, little information is available concerning the direct and indirect impacts of aquaculture on food security and poverty alleviation in most developing countries.

Strengthening the knowledge base surrounding aquaculture and food and nutrition security through the AFSPAN Project will provide the evidence upon which sound resource allocation and strategies can be based. It will enable the efficient planning, coordination and implementation of research and development programmes supporting the sustainable expansion of aquaculture, and increasing its impact on food security and poverty alleviation.

The project is being implemented by 20 partners including 11 from selected low income food deficit countries, 3 EU partners, and 3 international organisations. Project partner countries were selected based on varied human development conditions and national level efforts in including aquaculture for improving national food security and alleviating poverty. They represent all major aquaculture regions where aquaculture has made a major contribution to the national economy, involves large numbers of small-scale aquaculture farmers, and with significant international trade of fish and fisheries products.

The results of the project will be brought to the attention of countries and development partners, particularly the EU. The outputs will help low income food deficit countries and various development partners to improve efficiency and coordination in development initiatives focused on aquaculture as a means of promoting food security and poverty alleviation.

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