NACA is pleased to announce the initation and implementation of an aquaculture professional exchange programme in partnership with the Independent Mission for Development and Education in Madagascar (MIDEM). The programme, entitled “Integrated farming of Nile tilapia and Asia-Africa network strengthening” aims to strengthen the technical competence of young professionals in aquaculture, particularly in tilapia farming, through professional exchange between Asian and African countries to share and gain experience. This will contribute to institutional capacity building, development and improvement of extension systems in aquaculture. It will also contribute to developing a new generation of dynamic young leaders and improve cultural understanding and cooperation between the two regions. This exchange programme is being carried out with generous financial support from Fredskorpset (FK) Norway. The programme is being implemented in three rounds over three years, starting from April 2013.
MIDEM is an open, non-profit NGO in Madagascar aiming to provide a sustainable solution to the needs of the Malagasy population stricken by extreme poverty and social injustice in suburban and rural areas in the Tamatave region, East coast of Madagascar. MIDEM’s mission is to improve livelihoods by implementing projects on education, rural development including fish farming, entrepreneurship and social development.
Fredskorpset is the Norwegian branch of the international Peace Corps. It is an integrated part of Norwegian development cooperation and a Norwegian governmental body under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. FK Norway promotes reciprocal exchanges between a diverse range of institutions and organisations globally. This fosters mutual learning, development of capacity, change for the common good with the values of Challenge, Respectful, Passionate and Professional.
The ASEM Aquaculture Platform was established in 2003 as an EU-Asia framework for dialogue, networking and continuing coordination for sustainable aquaculture development. The project's major aim is to develop a strong "Community of Practice" to reconcile ecosystem and economic system demands to promote and consolidate sustainability in aquaculture development in both regions. The aim is to move more pro-actively into effective policy, into formulation of joint research goals, and into outcomes which contribute to Millennium Development and related goals.
The AFSPAN Project is a three-year initiative to improve our understanding of the role of aquaculture in food security, poverty alleviation and human nutrition. The project is developing new methodologies to quantify the impact of aquaculture in developing nations and low income food deficit countries. It will enable the efficient planning, coordination and implementation of research and development programmes supporting the sustainable expansion of aquaculture, and increasing its impact on food security, livelihoods and poverty alleviation for poor people.
Culture-based fisheries have been accepted as a useful development strategy, as a low-cost measure to mobilise dryland farming communities (e.g. rice farmers) to use existing water bodies for the secondary purpose of food fish production. The strategies to optimise benefits from CBF, however, vary in detail from country to country and across climatic regimes. The project will introduce community-based CBF in Cambodia, and seek to consolidate gains of communities that have adopted CBF in Lao PDR.