World Fish ad­vo­cates in­creased ac­cess to key aqua­cul­ture in­puts

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By MAILESI BANDA WORLD Fish says in­creased ac­cess to key aqua­cul­ture in­puts such as im­proved feed and seed will lead to in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity.

World Fish coun­try di­rec­tor for Zam­bia and Tan­za­nia, Sloans Chi­matiro said in­creased fish pro­duc­tiv­ity calls for ap­proaches that aim at re­duc­ing post-har­vest fish losses.

Dr. Chi­matiro said there was need for the stake­hold­ers to play a lead­ing role in en­sur­ing that they im­proved nutri­tion through in­cor­po­ra­tion of fish-based food prod­ucts into ru­ral di­ets.

World Fish is an in­ter­na­tional agri­cul­tural re­search in­sti­tu­tion, op­er­at­ing in Zam­bia since 2006 which aims at strength­en­ing liveli­hoods, food se­cu­rity and nutri­tion by im­prov­ing fish­eries and the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor.

Dr. Chi­matiro said to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity in the fish sub sec­tor there is need to look at the proper con­trol of eco­nomic re­sources from mi­cro­fi­nance in­ter­ven­tions and work to­wards re­duc­ing fish trade bar­ri­ers.

“In­creased ac­cess to key aqua­cul­ture in­puts such as im­proved feed and seed will lead to in­creased fish pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“Hence as a coun­try we need to have proper con­trol of eco­nomic re­sources from mi­cro­fi­nance in­ter­ven­tions and work to­wards re­duc­ing fish trade bar­ri­ers,” he said.

He ex­plained that over the past decade, World Fish to­gether with part­ners such as the De­part­ment of Fish­eries, Univer­sity of Zam­bia, NGOs, and the pri­vate sec­tor have car­ried out re­search in Zam­bia in small-scale fish­ery set­tings and on small­holder aqua­cul­ture to ad­dress some of the fun­da­men­tal bar­ri­ers that pro­hibit poor peo­ple from par­tic­i­pat­ing in and ben­e­fit­ting from these sec­tors es­pe­cially women. He said the world fish gen­der-fo­cused re­search aims at high­light­ing the harm­ful norms, at­ti­tudes, and power re­la­tions that limit women and men from par­tic­i­pat­ing in cer­tain value chain ac­tiv­i­ties, and there­fore, en­abling de­vel­op­ment part­ners and pri­vate sec­tor to ad­dress these bar­ri­ers so as to im­prove gen­der re­la­tions and en­sure de­vel­op­ment out­comes are more gen­der equal.

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