Homegrown solution provides source of nutrition

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Mother eating fish chutney in Sunamgunj, Bangladesh. Photo by Finn Thilsted.

A chutney and a flour made from small fish could have significant benefits for child and maternal health in areas where undernutrition is prevalent says a new report.

The Chinese Year of the Fish

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Aquaculture, China.

Having recently entered the Chinese Year of the Goat. I checked whether there is ‘Year of the Fish’ in the Chinese animal zodiac – there isn’t. I was disappointed because of all the animals one could choose to associate with China, fish should be top on the list.

Aquaculture does help the poor

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Woman showing fish caught from her pond in Khulna, Bangladesh.

Knowing whether aquaculture in developing countries helps the poorest in communities is an important question for development agencies who want to make pro-poor investments.

Historically, there have been two arguments that it does not.

First, to be a fish farmer you need to have a certain amount of wealth, so the poorest are unable to become producers. Second, aquaculture tends to produce larger, high-value fish that are too expensive for the poorest consumers.