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Rice-fish farming: a development lever for smallholder farming in Madagascar








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    Report of the FAO-SHOU International Promotion Programme Workshop on Social Impact of Rice-Fish Farming
    Shanghai, China, 4−8 December 2018
    2020
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) convened the workshop “International Promotion Programme on Social Impact of Rice-Fish Farming” from 4 to 8 December 2018 in Shanghai, China. The workshop was attended by 17 international experts and 39 Chinese experts, including representatives from the Chinese government, academia and cooperating organizations. Integrated aquaculture practices such as rice-fish farming, have proven to make valuable contributions to sustainable development in many places around the world, especially with small-scale stakeholders. However, the extent of the social impacts of rice-fish farming practices needs to be better assessed and documented. The main objectives of the workshop were: i) to provide an exchange platform for a better understanding of the social impact of rice-fish farming worldwide; ii) to examine various dimensions of the social impact of rice-fish farming, such as poverty reduction, traditional/indigenous arts and cultures, nutrition and gender equity and equality; and iii) to increase the awareness on the social impact of innovative agro-aquaculture systems. This document summarizes the preparation, process and conclusions of the workshop.
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    Food Security and Humanitarian Implications in West Africa and the Sahel. N°51 - November/December 2013 2013
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    The cereal harvests, which are estimated to be above the five-year average in the Sahel region (+1%) and in the West Africa region (+16%) have spurred a seasonal price decrease in most markets. However, prices remain higher than their five-year averages in the eastern and western trade basins of the region, which affects the purchasing power of many vulnerable households, particularly in Chad, Niger and Ghana. The chronic vulnerability of populations, erosion of livelihoods after recurrent crise s (2008, 2010, and 2012), bad agro-pastoral productions in some areas, floods and other localized shocks ex-plain the food insecurity of 13 million people at the end of 2013, despite average harvests. Moreover, 4.5 million children suffer from acute malnutrition in West Africa and the Sahel region. The regional partners highlight the urgent need of rebuilding national food stocks and the implementation of appropriate responses which fit population needs, particularly those of refugees and food i nsecure households. The decrease in agricultural production in some areas in the Sahel may lead to food and nutrition insecurity, which must be closely monitored.
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    Promote Scaling-Up of Innovative Rice-Fish Farming and Climate-Resilient Tilapia Pond Culture Practices for Blue Growth in Asia - TCP/RAS/3603 2020
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    In the past two decades, Asia has been responsible forapproximately 90 percent of global aquacultureproduction. Global and regional demand for fish isexpected to increase significantly in coming decades as aresult of population increase and potential changes inpeople’s dietary habits. Further growth of aquaculture inAsia is crucial to meeting this demand. It has beenprojected that Asian aquaculture production will need toincrease by 60 percent by 2030.In order to support the sustainable growth of aquaculturein the Asia and Pacific Region, FAO began to implement aRegional Initiative on Sustainable Intensification ofAquaculture for Blue Growth in early 2014. Addressingtwo major challenges faced by the aquaculture industry inthe region - the need to improve the use of naturalresources while increasing the productivity and resilienceof small farmers in the context of climate change andother natural and socioeconomic uncertainties - theinitiative supported field projects in the participatingcountries to promote innovative aquaculture farmingpractices, including demonstration projects of rice-fishfarming in Indonesia and rice-shrimp farming in Viet Nam,and a country project to build the resilience of tilapiafarmers in the Philippines. All the field projectsimplemented under the initiative have achievedremarkable results in terms of upgrading farming practicesand generating knowledge and experiences that can beshared with other countries in the region.The current project was formulated to support the scaling-up of the innovative aquaculture farming systems andpractices proven to be successful under the regionalinitiative. Its aim was to disseminate and demonstrateinnovative rice-fish farming and climate-resilient tilapiapond culture practices in the five focus countries and tostrengthen human capacity and the enabling environmentfor the scaling-up

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