Protecting valuable natural resources in the South Pacific

Stephen Hall -

Solomon islands

On World Oceans Day, we celebrate and call for conservation of marine biodiversity. The 1,000 or so islands that make up the Solomons are on the edge of the Coral Triangle, home to one of the highest diversity of marine life anywhere.

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.