What’s all the noise about engaging men?

Gary Barker -

A man helping his wife to clean fish in Jessore, Bangladesh.

Gary Barker, International Director at Promundo, guest blogs about gender equality in development on International Rural Women’s Day.

Engaging men and boys as allies in gender equality has become the buzz phrase in development circles. Donors are asking for it. The UN is talking about it. Development program staffs want to get trained in it. But, what does it mean to “engage men and boys” in gender equality? And, how can we make sure it’s not just the next poverty alleviation fad?

Aquaculture does help the poor

Stephen Hall -

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.

Sustainable Aquaculture: Five Strategies to Getting Growth Right

Richard Waite -

Source: Historical data 1950-2010:FAO. 2014. “FishStatJ.” Rome:FAO. Projections 2011-2050:Calculated at WRI, assumes 10 percent reduction in wild fish catch between 2010 and 2050, and linear growth of aquaculture production at an additional 2 million tons per year between 2010 2050.

A guest blog by Richard Waite of the World Resources Institute (WRI), Michael Phillips of WorldFish, and Randall Brummett of the World Bank.

The world’s appetite for fish is steadily growing. Finfish and shellfish currently make up one-sixth of the animal protein people consume globally. As the global wild fish catch peaked in the 1990s, aquaculture—or fish farming—has grown rapidly to meet world fish demand, more than doubling production between 2000 and 2012.