Investing in smallholder aquaculture can create economic, social and environmental benefits

CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish

Writing in New Agriculturist, Wayne Rogers, Malcolm Beveridge and Michael Phillips argue that “investments in smallholder [aquaculture] farmers and their organisations can be commercially viable, creating economic as well as social and environmental benefits.

The growth of aquaculture – now the fastest growing food production system in the world – is increasingly attracting private investment. Much of this investment, however, is in larger enterprises and input services such as feed, seed and processing. Little is targeted at smallholder farmers who, as a result, continue to face constraints in accessing finance, technology and markets. In 2010, WorldFish set out to explore the business case for investment in smallholder aquaculture by examining several donor funded projects.

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Writing in the same issue, Stephen Hall, director general of WorldFish argues that fisheries policy development needs be ‘opened up. We need “to think about fisheries in the broader context…

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Defining impact pathways for the Nicaragua dual-purpose cattle value chain

CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish

Stakeholders at the Livestock and Fish Nicaragua impact pathways and planning workshop

From 5 – 9 August, 2013 a 5-day workshop was held in Managua, Nicaragua to define value chain impact pathways and develop an initial framework for the program’s implementation strategy in the country.

The workshop incorporated participants from a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives of smallholder farmer associations, national and international extension partners, national agricultural research institutions, universities, government, and private sector.

Ariel Cajina, of the Nicaraguan Dairy Chamber (Canislac), presented the current context of the Nicaraguan dual-purpose value chain and the government’s livestock development strategy. He highlighted the goal of intensifying livestock productivity while preserving natural resource integrity, as well as the need to improve market opportunities and strengthening policies in favor of small livestock farmers.

The definition of the program’s impact pathways, led by Michael Kidoido (ILRI), included an initial assessment by participants of the current status of the value chain, followed by the identification of the…

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