NACA implements collaborative development assistance projects, addressing issues of common or regional interest. Individual projects draw heavily on the personnel and facilities of participating centres in member states. Projects are essentially implemented by the centres with the Secretariat acting as a coordinating body.
NACA supports technical exchange, capacity building, institutional strengthening and policies for sustainable aquaculture development and aquatic resource management. Network partners include research centres, member governments, farmer associations, development agencies and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Projects currently or recently implemented by the network are listed below.
The objectives of this project were to i) develop a guidebook in English on "Farmer-to-farmer extension approaches for small-scale aquaculture" and ii) to translate the developed guidebook into selected local dialects in Asia-Pacific and other regions (e.g. Africa). The project made use of the significant results from the JICA projects in Cambodia, Benin and other countries on farmer-to-farmer extension approaches on technology extension for small-scale farmers. The book is available in eleven languages (English, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Burmese, French, Khmer, Loatian, Malay, Nepali, Thai and Vietnamese.
Culture-based fisheries (CBF) are a useful development strategy for improving the income and food security of rural communities. CBF requires minimal capital outlay, mobilising farming communities to make use of existing small dams and reservoirs for the secondary purpose of foodfish production. The objective of this project is to introduce community-based CBF to Cambodia, and to consolidate the gains of communities that have adopted CBF in Lao PDR.
The AFSPAN Project was a three-year initiative to improve our understanding of the role of aquaculture in food security, poverty alleviation and human nutrition. The project developed new methodologies to quantify the impact of aquaculture in developing nations and low income food deficit countries. The findings will contribute to more efficient planning, coordination and implementation of research and development programmes increasing aquaculture impact on food security, livelihoods and poverty alleviation for the poor.
The objective of this project was to develop an agreed code of practice for the transboundary movement of aquatic organisms that feeds into the fisheries management strategy for the lower Mekong basin. The code of practice provides guidance on risk management and mitigation measures be taken into account for live aquatic animal imports or other transfers that are part of the established commercial practice, or those related to scientific study at research facilities.