Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

Partners - China

Freshwater Fisheries Research Center, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences

The Freshwater Fisheries Research Center (FFRC), Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS) was established in 1978. Located in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, it is a comprehensive institution for fisheries research and development encompassing science and research, teaching and training, technology transfer and information exchanges in the renovation systems of national agricultural sciences. It was recognized as a non-profitable research institution by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance and State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform.

The FFRC consists of over 180 staff members, out of 125 are research fellows, 20 are professors, 36 are associate professors; 6 Ph. D advisors and 21 M.Sc. advisors. There are about 10 Ph.D. candidates, 30 M.Sc. candidates and 60 bachelor students studying at the institute each year. The FFRC is composed of one key laboratory on Genetic Breeding and Aquaculture Biology for Freshwater Fishes, and other 7 research departments including Fishery Economics and Information. The institute promotes new technology and healthy aquaculture in rural areas of China, and helps people get out of poverty through aquaculture. Since 1981, it has continued to conduct international training courses on integrated fish farming and fishery management; it has trained nearly 1500 participants from more than 100 countries around the world.The Freshwater Fisheries Research Center (FFRC), Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS) was established in 1978. Located in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, it is a comprehensive institution for fisheries research and development encompassing science and research, teaching and training, technology transfer and information exchanges in the renovation systems of national agricultural sciences. It was recognized as a non-profitable research institution by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance and State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform.

The FFRC consists of over 180 staff members, out of 125 are research fellows, 20 are professors, 36 are associate professors; 6 Ph. D advisors and 21 M.Sc. advisors. There are about 10 Ph.D. candidates, 30 M.Sc. candidates and 60 bachelor students studying at the institute each year. The FFRC is composed of one key laboratory on Genetic Breeding and Aquaculture Biology for Freshwater Fishes, and other 7 research departments including Fishery Economics and Information. The institute promotes new technology and healthy aquaculture in rural areas of China, and helps people get out of poverty through aquaculture. Since 1981, it has continued to conduct international training courses on integrated fish farming and fishery management; it has trained nearly 1500 participants from more than 100 countries around the world.

Key personnel

Professor Yuan Xinhua

Professor Yuan Xinhua, Coordinator of International Cooperation Programmes of FFRC. Graduated with a M.Sc. (1996) in aquaculture from the Central China Agricultural University and Ph.D. (2008) in agriculture economics and management from the Nanjing Agricultural University, China. He has been involved in training, education and research for 16 years. His research has focused mainly on the food security and economics analysis of Chinese carps and Tilapia, especially the production chain of aquatic products in China. He has been leading a number of national and international research projects; during the past 5 years, he served as consultant of FAO and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) member of NACA, coordinated projects, e.g., prudent use of chemicals and drugs in aquaculture, sustainable indicators of small-scale fish farmers in China. He has considerable experience in leading international research projects.

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