USAID, together with the USAID Maximizing Agricultural Revenue through Knowledge, Enterprise Development and Trade project, will host a Technology Innovations Forum – Creating a More Sustainable and Responsible Seafood Industry in Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, on January 22 and 23, 2015. The forum is hosted by USAID, Marine Change, 50in10 and /toneTM, and is being organized in conjunction with the USAID Mobile for Development – Asia forum.
The two-day forum under the theme of Creating a More Sustainable and Responsible Seafood Industry in Asia, will encourage conversations and actions addressing barriers and opportunities related to technology adoption to improve the responsibility and sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia. The forum will bring together organizations, companies and entrepreneurs from across Asia and across seafood value chains – producers, processors, buyers and retailers. Innovators will showcase their technology solutions in sustainable aquaculture and fisheries production, seafood sourcing and more.
The forum will host a Challenge Award that will reward entrepreneurs, organizations and/or companies that are developing and implementing innovative technology and business solutions to address challenges in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Finalists will present their work at the forum.
Culture-based fisheries have been accepted as a useful development strategy, as a low-cost measure to mobilise dryland farming communities (e.g. rice farmers) to use existing water bodies for the secondary purpose of food fish production. The strategies to optimise benefits from CBF, however, vary in detail from country to country and across climatic regimes. The project will introduce community-based CBF in Cambodia, and seek to consolidate gains of communities that have adopted CBF in Lao PDR.
The AFSPAN Project is a three-year initiative to improve our understanding of the role of aquaculture in food security, poverty alleviation and human nutrition. The project is developing new methodologies to quantify the impact of aquaculture in developing nations and low income food deficit countries. It will enable the efficient planning, coordination and implementation of research and development programmes supporting the sustainable expansion of aquaculture, and increasing its impact on food security, livelihoods and poverty alleviation for poor people.
Aquaculture is an important component of food security. Mainstreaming gender is in aquaculture value chains is crucial to inform decision making and policy formulation. The project aims to strengthen ASEAN as an institutional platform for improving regional food security via the USAID-MARKET Project.