Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

Partners - Nicaragua

The Investigation Center of the Universidad Centro Americana (CIDEA), works at the coastal communities, developing activities such as teaching, investigation, extension and other services to contribute to the fulfilment of the quality standards, safety of the products and the protection of the environment. The CIDEA’s objective is to contribute to the sustainable development of the country by promoting the application of good practices in the productive systems and best utilization of the resource. At present, CIDEA works with various thematic areas such as development of shrimp, fish, shellfish farming and the implementation of good aquaculture practices and traceability, quality and food safety, food and water microbiology, shrimp disease, pesticide residues in aquaculture, system quality management, natural resource management, integrated coastal management, environmental monitoring, water quality influent and effluent from the aquaculture industry and food industry. CIDEA, which develops programmes on research, training, technical assistance, social outreach and teaching in different subject areas, is supported by six analytical laboratories, one experimental facility, an inspection agency, an experimental fish farm, a support centre for the fisheries sector, and a regional training centre for the integrated coastal management. It has permanent sites for further research and development in communities located in estuarine areas. The technical expertise gained in the development of each and every one of the programmes in different subject areas, as well as collaborative work with inter-governmental institutions, educational institution, NGOs and different thematic networks, has made it a national reference centre, influencing discussions on policies, regulations and strategies for fisheries development, aquaculture and the environment. CIDEA has developed, managed and executed more than thirty projects at national and regional levels with different funding sources including FCV-Japan, European Commission, USAID, BID and domestic private companies. The vast experience in the areas of aquaculture, food security and interventions in areas of extreme poverty, coupled with the recognition of the expertise of the Centre by national authorities, industry and society in general, make it a valuable implementing partner of this project.

Key personnel

Carlos Jose Rivas Leclair, with a M.Sc. degree, has experience on environmental planning and sustainable development, environmental education, landscape ecology, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, climate change, as well as regulations, policies and environmental strategies.

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