World Fish advocates increased access to key aquaculture inputs
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.