Aquaculture Improvement Projects Launched in Indonesia, China and Thailand

The Fish Site
29 January 2015

Shrimp farmers in Indonesia and Thailand and tilapia farmers in China will receive training and knowledge to help them improve their livelihoods and increase collaboration to manage and improve water quality and reduce incidences of disease outbreaks.

The Aquaculture Improvement Projects will create a zonal approach to form local management groups for greater sustainability in the fish-farming environment.

“We are proud to support SFP on this project, which combines environmental sustainability with preserving and sustaining important food sources,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President, Walmart Foundation.

“We look for opportunities to bring together projects that improve livelihoods and protect the environment; this grant helps us support the great work of SFP in achieving winning outcomes for the people in the aquaculture industry and the environment.”

Aquaculture can help assist in the ever-increasing demand for seafood while ensuring that existing fisheries remain sustainable and consistent. With funding from the Walmart Foundation, SFP will scale up current efforts to reach more farming households through farm-level training. This grant will significantly increase the scale of direct impact like improved practices on farms and in post-harvest handling, as well as indirect impacts like policy and industry practices.

“Small-scale aquaculture farming families in Asia provide the bulk of farmed fish and shrimp that ends up on our plates. Training them on improved production practices and the value of working together to improve the environment they are growing these fish and shrimp in is a win-win for everyone,” said Anton Immink, Aquaculture Director at SFP.

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