Let them eat carp: Farmed fish is helping to fight hunger

Ben Belton -

Workers netting pangasius fingerlings for sale in Bangladesh. Photo by Habibul Haque.

Over the past three decades, the global aquaculture industry has risen from obscurity to become a critical source of food for millions of people, mostly through export. This boom has led scholars to question whether aquaculture contributes to the food security of poorer people in producing countries.

Women in aquaculture: Dr. Mary Lundeba

Bonnie Waycott -

Sorting fish as part of aquaculture in Zambia efforts.
Dr. Mary Lundeba (left) and research assistant Esther Lee sorting fish in northern Zambia. Photo by Chosa Mweemba.

Aquaculture in Zambia is a significant industry, contributing around 30,000 metric tonnes, or 27 percent, of the country’s total fisheries production. Despite this, more efforts to farm fish are needed, as the lack of production is a major cause of Zambia’s low fish consumption, says Dr. Mary Lundeba, a WorldFish scientist and field researcher.