Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

Projects

Development of a Guidebook on Farmer-to-Farmer Extension Approaches for Small-scale Aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific Region

The project made use of the significant results from the JICA projects in Cambodia, Benin and other countries on farmer-to-farmer extension approaches on technology extension for small-scale farmers. This also integrated other approaches of technology extension such as cluster farming which was also proven effective for small-scale farmers, in terms of application of farming technologies and aquaculture standards. The guidebook will introduce good practices on aquaculture extension not only to Asian countries but also to African countries.

This project utilised the vast experience of NACA and JICA on sustainable aquaculture projects in the region towards the formulation of a simple but efficient guidebook which can be used in developing a practical training course module on the above subject.

The objectives of this project were to i) develop a guidebook in English on "Farmer-to-farmer extension approaches for small-scale aquaculture" and ii) to translate the developed guidebook into selected local dialects in Asia-Pacific and other regions (e.g. Africa).

Culture-based Fisheries Development in Lao PDR and Cambodia

Culture-based fisheries (CBF) are a useful development strategy for improving the income and food security of rural communities. CBF requires minimal capital outlay, mobilising farming communities to make use of existing small dams and reservoirs for the secondary purpose of foodfish production. The objective of this project is to introduce community-based CBF to Cambodia, and to consolidate the gains of communities that have adopted CBF in Lao PDR by developing strategies to optimise the benefits under varying social, climatic and regulatory circumstances.

About the Education and Training Programme

Building capacity in the use of molecular genetic tools for inland fisheries and aquaculture management, Kasetsart University, Thailand.

The Education and Training Programme assists capacity building among NACA members through the exchange and sharing of knowledge and skills between members.

Activities may take the form of training courses, study visits and personnel exchange. The programme also supports the training components of the other thematic programmes and serves as an outreach arm of NACA.

Regular training activities include three to four courses each year on various topics of regional priority in aquaculture development, such as:

  • Broodstock Management in Aquaculture.
  • Aquaculture Business Management.
  • Marine Finfish Seed Production.
  • Aquaculture Governance and Planning.
  • Management for Sustainable Aquaculture Development.

Key activities

  • Identifying training needs for aquaculture development in NACA members.
  • Identifying and organising relevant expertise and capacities to meet the training needs.
  • Developing training modules and materials.
  • Facilitating routine education and training activities of NACA.
  • Facilitating and coordinating exchange programmes among members and with other regions.

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