State-level workshops: Investigating improved policy on aquaculture service provision to poor people

The three State-level Workshops were held at the Akash Hotel in Purulia, West Bengal (3 October 2002; the Social Development Centre in Ranchi, Jharkhand (4-5 October 2002) and the Crown Hotel in Bhubaneswar, Orissa (7 October 2002). Participants (Appendix 1) represented GVT and other NGOs, state- and district-level Departments of Fisheries, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (CIFA), a university, Panchayats and recipients. Depending on location, discussions, reportbacks and documentation took place in Bangla, Hindi, Oriya and English.

The aim and objectives of the workshops were to contribute to:

  • Contribute to “giving people a voice” in policy-making processes that have an impact on their livelihoods.
  • Understanding a process for transacting institutional and policy change.
  • Providing feedback on Case Studies which document experiences of rural aquaculture services provision from the perspectives of representative recipient groups.
  • Reviewing and refining emerging “indicators of change” Providing input into the subsequent Stakeholders Workshop.

The State-level Workshops followed an Inception Visit in March 2002, the “Rural Aquaculture Service Recipients and Implementers Workshop” held from 9-10 May 2002 in Ranchi, Jharkhand and an August 2002 Planning Visit. Reports of these activities are available in separate documents.

During the May 2002 workshop, a strong recommendation was made that it would be worthwhile holding these State-level Workshops before the Stakeholders Workshop.

A general agenda (Appendix 2) for the State-level Workshops was adapted for each of the three locations. The contents of this report are structured according to the outcomes of the three workshops, rather than following the three-state workshop sequence.


Publisher: Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific

Rights: Creative Commons Attribution.


Workshop and conference proceedings

NACA frequently organises technical workshops and consultations on aspects of aquaculture. The proceedings of such meetings are made available for free download. Audio and video recordings of technical presentations are also available for some meetings (please see the podcast section).