Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

Partners - United Kingdom

Institute of Development Studies

IDS is one of the world’s leading organisations for research, teaching and communications on international development. The Institute works with a network of global partners from developed and developing countries to generate cutting-edge knowledge as basis for bringing alternative ideas and fresh solutions to real world challenges of development policy and practice. Founded in 1966, IDS holds an international reputation for the quality of its work and its intellectual rigour. The Institute is home to approximately 100 researchers, 40 knowledge services staff, 65 support staff and about 200 students at any one time. IDS has been involved in several research or assessment projects related to health, food and nutritional security, including an on-going project ‘Home-grown school feeding’ funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a DFID-funded project ‘Systematic review on the impact of interventions to increase agricultural production on children's nutritional status’, a DFID-funded project ‘Developing a conceptual framework to improve understanding of reducing chronic poverty and malnutrition in Malawi’, a project on ‘Hunger commitment index’, and a Save the Children funded ‘Research into DFID/EC efforts to tackle chronic malnutrition’. The institute is based in Sussex, United Kingdom.

Key personnel

Dr Chris Béné

Dr Chris Béné, Senior Fellow of the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team is an ecologist and economist by training. Over the last 10 years, he has been involved in several international expert consultations with FAO, the World Bank, UK-DFID and the Challenge Programme on Food and Water. Numerous publications on poverty and natural resource exploitation in developing countries; involved in several projects related to fish, food security and poverty alleviation; lead author to the FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No.481 ‘Increasing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to poverty alleviation and food security’ and project leader of the project ‘Food security and poverty alleviation through improved valuation and governance of river fisheries in Africa’. He also worked in relation to aquaculture as leader of the EC-funded project ‘Policy Research for Sustainable Shrimp Farming in Asia. A Comparative Analysis with particular reference to institutional and socio-economic aspects’, with fieldwork and partners in Asia. He was the convener of the Special Session ‘Fish and Food security: Trading global growth for malnutrition of the poor?’ at the 2010 International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade Conference in Montpellier.

Centre of the Economics and Management of Aquatic Resources

The Centre for the Economics and Management of Aquatic Resources (CEMARE) is based within the Portsmouth Business School at the University of Portsmouth. Since its establishment in the early 1960s to promote multi-disciplinary research into marine resources, it has developed into an international centre for research, consultancy, training and advanced studies in fisheries economics and management, aquaculture, recreational and freshwater fisheries management and coastal zone management. The Centre, building on the interests and expertise of its members, provides economic, institutional and legal specialisations within the broad area of the management of aquatic resources. In the 2008, the recently-published Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results, CEMARE was assessed as “of a world-leading standard” by the assessment panel.  Moreover, the panel said there was “evidence of world-leading esteem in connection with policy advice and consultancy”. Furthermore, it was pointed out that CEMARE has had significant success in raising outside research funds, and that a number of staff held editorial roles in learned journals.

Key personnel

Professor Trond Bjorndal

Professor Trond Bjorndal, Director of CEMARE; Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for Research in Economics and Business Administration, Norway. He is past Chairman of the Board of WFC, Professor Bjorndal received his PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia.  He has been professor or visiting professor at the Norwegian School of Economics, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, Humboldt University of Berlin and University College London and lectured at numerous other universities worldwide.  He has been Research Director, the Centre for Fisheries Economics SNF, Bergen and Dean, the Norwegian School of Economics.  Professor Bjorndal is former President of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade.  Over the years, he has undertaken consulting for governmental agencies and departments as well as international organizations such as the FAO, OECD, UNDP and the World Bank.  As member of the Board of the WorldFish Centre, and chairman for the past three years, he has been exposed to fisheries and aquaculture issues in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region.  In 2007, he was part of the Independent Expert Evaluation team that undertook a major evaluation of the FAO, with prime responsibility for fisheries and aquaculture.

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