Evidence that small indigenous fish species can affect significant nutritional outcomes is growing. A new paper by WorldFish highlights how mola, reared alongside other fish in a polyculture system, represents the most nutritional value of the harvest.
In Bangladesh, fishing has long been seen as ‘men’s work’. It’s a social perception that ignores the vital contribution of women to fisheries—30 percent of women in rural and coastal areas are directly or indirectly engaged in small-scale fisheries—and whose increased involvement in fisheries management could lead to increased household well-being.
Since 2013, WorldFish has been running genetic improvement programs for Rohu, Catla and Silver carps in Bangladesh as part of a long-term plan to improve farmer access to quality seed of improved carp breeds, and thereby increase productivity.