Transforming lives: Market-led aquaculture in Africa

Kate Bevitt -

Farmer checks fry in Egypt.
Farmer checks the condition of fry before releasing, Egypt. Photo by Heba El Begawi, 2013.

Market-led aquaculture is changing the lives of small-scale farmers in Nigeria and Kenya, highlighting the huge potential for aquaculture to drive rural development across Africa. That’s the message of a recently released report by the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development. The report states that research by the WorldFish-led CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) and others will be a key factor in realizing this potential.

High involvement, low benefit: Overcoming gender barriers in aquaculture in Indonesia

Cynthia McDougall -

Women on reconstructed fish ponds, Bireuen, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore.

Women make a significant contribution to aquaculture in Indonesia, yet they face more barriers in and receive fewer benefits from the sector than men. These are the findings of new case studies carried out by WorldFish and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH). Closing this gender gap will enable the aquaculture sector to enhance women’s social and economic empowerment, and drive economic development in the country.