EU, agencies partner to promote acquaculture in anti-hunger fight

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A major international initiative has been launched to better understand the role of aquaculture in food security in poor countries.

Bringing together a global alliance of development agencies, governments and universities, the initiative will help low-income food-deficit countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to develop sustainable policies for improving the livelihoods of millions of poor people.

The European Union (EU) is funding the three-year project with one million Euros, which is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in partnership with a global alliance of 20 development agencies, governments and universities, the UN agency said in a statement Monday.

Fish is the primary source of protein for 17 percent of the world's population - nearly 25 percent in low-income food-deficit countries.

Fish is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which benefit the heart and brain development of healthy people, and those at high risk of - or who have - cardiovascular disease. Nearly 50 percent of the fish that we eat now comes from aquaculture.

Although aquaculture is widely regarded to play a pivotal role in fighting hunger, little is known about its exact impact on food and nutrition security and poverty alleviation in developing countries.

Given population growth projections, increasing demands for fish products with stable production of capture fisheries, aquaculture will need to expand to meet the future demand for fish.

The new partnership represents the world's regions where aquaculture plays a major role and supports the livelihoods of millions of small-scale fish farmers.

It also includes key institutions with a strong expertise in research, development project implementation and dissemination.

The project ("Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition - AFSPAN") will develop new ways to quantify the contribution of aquaculture with better tools and more systematic and quantitative assessments.

Moreover, it will elaborate strategies for improving the impact of aquaculture on food and nutrition security and poverty alleviation.
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01 october 2012 13:02:25




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