Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

Partners - Thailand

Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific

NACA is an intergovernmental organisation, owned by its member governments, with currently 18 country-members in the Asia pacific region. The objective of NACA is the expansion of sustainable aquaculture and small-scale aquatic resources management, through the promotion of science-based best practices in policy, sector management and farm management. Its current work program emphasizes aquaculture for rural development, environmental sustainability and improved aquatic resources management, focused on poverty alleviation and food security. NACA has nearly 20 years of experience in successfully conducting, implementing and ensuring uptake of results-oriented regional projects with multiple partners. NACA has an extensive network of institutions in the member and its professional staff works in collaboration with professional expertise drawn from such institutions on issues relating to poverty alleviation through aquaculture and aquatic resources management. NACA also cooperates with international agencies such as FAO, OIE, The World Bank, ACIAR, WWF, ADB, APEC, WFC, IDRC, and regional organizations such as MRC, and SEAFDEC on issues pertaining to aquaculture and aquatic resources management that are of relevance to poverty alleviation and export generation to its member countries.

NACA has been involved in promoting responsible and sustainable aquaculture through the development and implementation of better management practices (BMP). The lessons learned and experience gained strongly suggest that BMPs is the gateway to ensuring sustainability of small scale aquaculture and meeting modern day market challenges and opportunities. BMP projects, in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam provide good examples of translating the principles of responsible aquaculture into specific BMPs adapted to local farming conditions and ensuring their implementation by relevant stakeholders, with consequent gains in production, quality improvements and market accessibility.

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