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Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

Acronym: AFSPAN
Period: 2012 till 2014
Status: Completed

Institutes (6)  Top 
  • International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM)
  • University of Copenhagen (KU), more
  • Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA)
  • Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC)
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Valpara√≠so (PUCV)
  • University of Portsmouth

Aquaculture is widely considered as important for enhancing food security, alleviating poverty and improving nutrition. However, little information is available concerning the direct and indirect impacts of aquaculture on food security and poverty alleviation in most developing countries and LIFDCs. Strengthening the knowledge base surrounding aquaculture and food and nutrition security through this project will provide the evidence upon which sound resource allocation and strategies can be based, and subsequently plan, implement and coordinate efficiently development and research programmes supporting the sustainable expansion of aquaculture and increasing its impact to food security and poverty alleviation. The project is to be implemented by 18 partners in 11 selected LIFDCs, 3 EU partners, and 3 international organizations. The project will strengthen the knowledge base on food security and poverty and develop new or more rigorous methodologies to quantify the contribution of aquaculture in combating hunger and poverty in developing countries and LIFDCs. This will endeavour to better understand aquacultures contribution to human development. Project partner countries were selected based on varied human development conditions and national level efforts in including aquaculture for improving national food security and alleviating poverty. They represent all major aquaculture regions and ICPCs where aquaculture has major contributions to national economy, involve high numbers of small-scale aquaculture farms and with high international trade of fish and fishery products. The results of the project will be brought to the attention of countries and development partners, particularly the EU, and outputs will help LIFDCs and various development partners to improve efficiency and coordination in development initiatives focused on aquaculture as a means of promoting food security and poverty alleviation.

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