The Future of Fish: Incomes, Nutrition and Global Security

A nearly endless supply of animal protein for human consumption.

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This article by Melissa Benn, Associate at the Agriculture and Food Security Practice at Chemonics International, is featured in the September 2016 issue of WFO’s F@rmletter.

Why focus on fish?

Aquaculture is on the rise globally, and has grown at an impressive rate over the past decades, promising to play a major role in satisfying the protein requirements of both the growing global middle income group and the poorest. Currently, fish represent around 16 percent of all animal based protein consumed, and this percentage is likely to only increase.

As one of the world’s largest emerging markets, Indonesia is a great example of the challenges and potential of creating modern and competitive fisheries. Researchers with the WorldFish group evaluated growth trajectories for aquaculture in Indonesia, indicating that aquaculture will overtake capture fisheries as the major source of fish in Indonesia before 2030. Investment in aquaculture is one of the essential pathways…

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Building a sustainable future: A history of conservation agriculture in southern Africa

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thr_2-e1466715276683 Drought is increasingly common in Malawi, leaving an estimated 3 million people in need of urgent humanitarian food assistance this year alone. However, more than 400 farmers and their families in Malaka, Southern Malawi, who have been practicing CA over the last 12 years will escape hunger. CIMMYT and its partner Total LandCare have helped more than 65,000 farmers adopt CA systems throughout the entire country. Above, SIMLESA lead farmer Agnes Sendeza harvets maize ears on her farm in Tembwe, Salima Dstrict, Malawi. Photo: Peter Lowe/CIMMYT

This story is one of a series of features written during CIMMYT’s 50th anniversary year to highlight significant advancements in maize and wheat research between 1966 and 2016. It has been republished with the permission of CIMMYT.

HARARE, Zimbabwe (CIMMYT) — When practiced unsustainably, agriculture has led to environmental degradation and famine, which have plagued civilizations through the centuries. Innovations such as irrigation…

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Announcing first in a series of GAP Webinars!

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Women in Nepal. How can women achieve equality if there remains a gap in the data available for policy and investment decisions? 

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The Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP) has the pleasure

to invite you to a webinar:

 Closing the gender data gap for agricultural policy and investment

Date: 4 October 2016

Time: 15.30 CET (Rome); Duration: 1.5 hours max

Women represent, on average, 43 percent of the global agricultural labour force, and considerably more in many developing countries (FAO, 2011). Yet, we lack basic data on what women do in agricultural value chains, their access to resources, technology, information, finance, markets and services, their decision-making power within the household and in agricultural and rural institutions, as well as their problems, needs and aspirations.

Closing the gender data gap in agriculture to make women visible is an urgent precondition for implementing and tracking progress in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), so that “no…

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Fix the healthcare system for us all.

The other day a picture of the dearly departed “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”(RIP) surfaced showing the then President recuperating post surgery in Mulago hospital. I was personally taken a back because I had no clue that Mulago was once capable of treating such a ‘high level’ member of the mighty of Ugandan society.

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Every passing day on several social media plaforms from Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Ugandans are crowdfunding and appealing for help to take one person then the next to ‘outside countries’ to seek much needed life saving medical attention. Whereas Ugandans are known for their generosity, and indeed have responded well to these humanitarian calls is a testament of what united people can achieve for others and themselves.

The truth is that these interventions can only be for a limited time only. The citizenry will grow weary or tired, become less responsive and also frustrated. We need to rethink our health care urgently.

The truth is that for decades now, the entire healthcare system has been ailing. Understaffed, under renumerated, poor working conditions, drugs and equipment lacking over all. This has reduced the public’s confidence in these facilities. A journey to the hospital or health center must be one the journeys any Ugandan is terrified of making probably competing with a journey along Masaka road aka Massacre road.

Without a functional healthcare system, and inadequate investment in primary health care to address the issues of prevention, what remains is functional is largely overwhelmed by large numbers of people. And with the skyrocketing costs of healthcare churning out profit for the private healthcare establishments, Ugandans need health insurance(to access even the mere of basic services); in theory I don’t know how the health insurance would work for all so I leave that to the expert

Back to my case, there are things that can be done to remedy the current situation which include but not limited to;
1. Ban all foreign medical treatment of public officials using taxpayer monies. This I hope should help them focus on the investments necessary to boost and heal the healthcare system, most importantly attracting our own doctors and stopping the massive brain drain.
2. Revitalization of healthcare by focusing on PHC to reduce the burden on major health systems.
3. Capacity building will be key here, to ensure we have doctors from Uganda trained anywhere in the world in the various specialist fields so that that medical care often sought by especially politicians on the account of taxpayers is available for all here.