In Myanmar, fish is an important food in the diet, with an annual average national intake of 21 kilograms per capita. An increasing demand for fish has boosted aquaculture, which has grown rapidly in the last 20 years. However, there are geographical disparities in fish supply and consumption, with a low consumption of 8.5 kilograms per capita per year in distant, hilly and mountainous regions.
Local fisherman selling his morning catch at Chhnoc Trou pier, Kampong Chhnang province. Photo by Sylyvann Borei.
I’m in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, home to the UNESCO World Heritage centre Angkor Wat, where a global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems is just finishing.
In many instances, research focused on small-scale fisheries is trying to improve human wellbeing, nutrition, and the way we manage our natural resources. But how does “doing research” lead to such real-world change? This was a topic of discussion at the recent Symposium on Resilient Small-Scale Fisheries hosted by WorldFish at its headquarters in Penang, Malaysia.