Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

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Is aquaculture pro-poor? Some answers from Bangladesh

Posted on 14/8/2014 | 1858 reads | Tags: Bangladesh, Food security, Nutrition, Poverty

The Livestock and Fish research program works on meat, milk and fish by and for the poor. One of its target countries is Bangladesh where program partnerWorldFish leads work contributing to the CGIAR Research Programs on Aquatic Agricultural Systems and Livestock and Fish.

A new article by Kazi Ali Toufique from the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies and Ben Belton, a WorldFish scientist, provides proof of the long suspected link between aquaculture and poverty reduction.

By analysing changes in fish consumption in Bangladesh between 2000 and 2010, the report proves conclusively that growth in aquaculture has led to greater fish consumption among the poorest consumers in Bangladesh.

While it had previously been considered that the benefits of the growth in aquaculture were derived mainly from increased employment, the study demonstrates a stronger link to the health benefits of eating more fish.

Photo: Woman showing fish caught from her pond in Khulna, Bangladesh (image: WorldFish).

Video presentations from the International Symposium on Small-scale Freshwater Aquaculture Extension

Posted on 15/5/2014 | 1118 reads | Tags: Better management practices, Food security, Nutrition, Policy

Audio and video recordings of technical presentations made at the symposium are now available for download or online viewing.

The main objective of this symposium was to provide a venue for information sharing on extension of small-scale aquaculture, specifically targeted to those individuals and relevant organisations involved in various aquaculture development projects. The symposium also assessed and presented the effectiveness of “farmer-to-farmer extension” approaches in the implementation of relevant aquaculture development projects in the region.

World population is projected to increase drastically in the coming decades which might bring about shortage of food. Freshwater fish are considered to be one of the most promising commodities that can contribute to increased food production in a sustainable manner. Common in the Asia-Pacific region, freshwater aquaculture provides diverse benefits to rural farmers including income generation, improved nutrition and sustainable livelihoods through integrated farming system.

The symposium was organised by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), NACA and the Thai Department of Fisheries for stakeholders involved in the JICA-assisted projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Benin and Madagascar. The symposium was also attended by representatives from other countries in Asia and Africa including Cote d’ Ivoire, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Zambia.

E-Consultation on Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition

Posted on 14/4/2014 | 1092 reads | Tags: Nutrition, Policy

The Global GODAN/CIARD Consultation on Open Agricultural Knowledge for Development will take place at UNFAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, between 22nd and 24th April. The final programme for the event and supplementary information including a list of participants is available here. Acknowledging that there are many more people interested in this subject than are able to be there in-person in Rome, the planning committee have opted to run this e-consultation in parallel to the formal meeting in order to solicit as much feedback and wider stakeholder input as possible.

This e-consultation will run for three weeks in total. It will commence on Monday 14th April and end on Friday 2nd May. It will be less actively monitored during the three days of the face to face meeting (22nd-24th April) but you will still be able to contribute your thoughts on the questions during this time. The twitter hashtag #ciardgodan will be our main channel of two-way communication during this three day period.

You will need to complete a simple registration form before leaving any comments. This is so that we can contact you with any follow-up questions or clarifications if necessary. Please use the REGISTER link on the Website to register for participating in the E-Consultation. The information you provide in the registration will be used only for the e-consultation and does not entail becoming a member of the CIARD community. Registration is requested so that posts are not anonymous and participants don’t need to identify themselves for each post. The E-Consultation will be moderated.

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Nicaragua plans for sustainable development of small-scale aquaculture

Posted on 4/3/2014 | 3482 reads | Tags: Better management practices, Food security, Nicaragua, Nutrition, Policy, Poverty

The national plan for the sustainable development of small-scale aquaculture and limited resources (APERL), an alternative for growth and poverty alleviation for smallholder farmers in Nicaragua.

The Nicaraguan Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INPESCA) is currently executing a program to support aquaculture in rural areas of Nicaragua, known as the national plan for sustainable development of small-scale aquaculture and limited resources (APERL). This program aims to strengthen small-scale aquaculture in Nicaragua and ensure food security for vulnerable households, while taking on the challenge of integrating aquaculture with the environment in a sustainable manner.

Shrimp cooperatives from Nicaragua upgrade production with assistance from Serviconsa and USAID

Posted on 4/3/2014 | 2677 reads | Tags: Better management practices, Nicaragua, Poverty

The shrimp cooperatives of Western Nicaragua (APEMAC), in strategic partnership with the private sector (SERVICONSA), have recently upgraded their production system through technical assistance provided by USAID's Enterprise and Employment Project.

Exports of Nicaraguan farmed shrimps totalled US$106.3 million last year, according to the Center for Export Processing (CETREX).

Six farmed shrimp cooperatives located in the Estero Real, Chinandega, Nicaragua, who benefited from USAID's Enterprise and Employment Project, improved their production by 175%, which in turn allowed them to enter the European market.

Through technical assistance from the Enterprise and Employment Program shrimp cooperatives registered with APEMAC saw an increase in production from 180 kilograms per hectare to an average of 500 kilograms per hectare, and all six cooperatives successfully exported 100% of their production, mainly to Europe.

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