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Monday, 22 October 2012

EU funded project to help develop aquaculture against hunger

A new 3-year project, 'Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition' (AFSPAN), funded by the EU and managed by the FAO, in collaboration with an alliance composed of 20 development agencies, governments and universities, aims to promote aquaculture as an instrument to combat hunger. The initiative, which includes partners from ACP countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Zambia, has the objective of helping such low-income countries with a food deficit in developing sustainable aquaculture policies.
Although aquaculture already makes major contributions in these countries, with many small-scale aquaculture farms involved and a certain capacity to trade fish and fishery products, little information is available concerning the direct and indirect impacts on food security and poverty alleviation.
The project will help to develop new and more rigorous methodologies to quantify the impacts of aquaculture on food security and poverty alleviation, with more systematic quantitative assessments. The results of the project will be presented to countries and their development partners, in particular the EU, in order to improve strategies, planning and coordination of initiatives focusing on aquaculture as a tool to promote food security and poverty alleviation.

Source: Agritrade