Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

Work packages

1. Project management

AFSPAN management structure
Relationship between project components

The AFSPAN project will be conducted through nine work packages implemented by a partnership of twenty organisations. Overall coordination of the AFSPAN project is under the oversight of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is responsible for operational, technical and financial management and communication amongst partners and with the EU. FAO is also responsible for monitoring and reporting progress against deliverables, managing country relations, monitoring ethics and gender issues, and convening periodic coordination meetings with partners.

2. Assessment methodologies, indicators and framework

The objectives of this work package, coordinated by the Institute of Development Studies, are to:

  • Produce a comprehensive state-of-the-art methodology to be used by the project partners for assessing the contribution of aquaculture to alleviating poverty, improving food security and nutrition in low-income food-deficit countries (LIFDCs).
  • Develop an integrated analytical framework that builds and expand on this knowledge, and aims at quantifying in a simple and rigorous way the contribution of aquaculture to food security and poverty alleviation in LIFDCs
  • Provide support to project partners implementing technical and analytical work packages and LIFDC country partners conducting national reviews and case studies, in support of the project.

3. Review and assessment of national and international cooperation

The objective of this work package, coordinated by FAO, is to review past and ongoing national and international cooperation activities, focusing on those promoting aquaculture in a food security context. The review will provide baseline knowledge to the project and assist partners to refine their approach to cooperation. Based on the findings, more detailed reviews will be conducted in selected countries by national teams using the analytical framework developed in WP2, to:

  • Ground truth the review against actual implementation of projects at the country level.
  • Conduct estimates of the resources invested and their impacts.
  • Identify knowledge gaps and technology needs as adapted to local/national requirements and available resources.
  • Formulate recommendations for improving the contribution of aquaculture towards food security and poverty reduction and improving coordination or activities.

4. Sustainable aquaculture systems and institutions

This work package will provide a better understanding of the role of aquaculture systems, scale, enterprise structure and institutional arrangements in improving rural livelihoods. The objectives of the work package are to:

  • Assess financially viable entrepreneurial aquaculture activities including small-scale operations and their contribution to poverty alleviation and food security.
  • Identify enabling institutional conditions and arrangements for food security and poverty alleviation.
  • Identify successful public-private partnerships contributing to aquaculture development in developing countries.
  • Disseminate findings and best practice experiences.

The work will be led by the WorldFish Center based on (1) analysis of secondary information from country studies, data sets and experiences from a wide variety of sources, including work that WorldFish has actively led in Asia and Africa; as well as (2) more directed focused country or regional level studies on aquaculture, poverty and food security to be carried out with national partners.

5. Social and cultural factors affecting aquaculture

The objectives of the work package, coordinated by the WorldFish Center, are to:

  • Identify and understand local social and cultural assets and constraints for the development of aquaculture.
  • Identify enabling and disenabling national and local institutional contexts for aquaculture development.

The work package will develop a framework for evaluating social and cultural aspects of aquaculture and institutional context – formal and informal, local and national – and apply it to understand how institutions either enables or discourages the development of small-scale aquaculture from social and cultural perspectives.

The research findings will be used to develop an analysis of the key assets and institutional factors that are required for aquaculture to develop rapidly, sustainably and equitably, and will likewise identify the factors that have made – and will make – aquaculture development deviate from these ideals. This provides us with a means to identify suitable policy levers to strengthen the enabling context, and weaken the disenabling one.

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