Roles and impacts of aquaculture on poverty reduction
Aquaculture contributes to the livelihoods of the poor through improved food supply, employment and income. Many small-scale fish farmers have little or no training and they lack high-quality fingerlings . Providing both quality training and good grade fingerlings to these fish farmers will provide a focal point for the fight against poverty reduction. The poor in well-endowed lowlands are often landless or near-landless; here, fish farming in common water bodies may help to reduce poverty, provided that the poor can access them.
Although fish provide far less animal protein for global nutrition than livestock, people in major areas of Africa are highly dependent on fish as part of their daily diet: in most communities in Ghana, fish provide at least 40% of dietary animal protein. They also provide highly digestible energy, and are a rich source of fat and water soluble vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Aquaculture has contributed in the past towards poverty reduction in poor societies in the few areas of Ghana in which it is traditional practice, and it continues to do so today.
Banini Farms, two times Metro Best Farmer Award Winner in Takoradi (Ghana), is embarking on a Train And Equip projects which specifically targets the poor in Ghana.
The poor participate much more in growth in the aquaculture sector, especially in low-income parts of Ghana, resulting in much larger poverty reduction impact. Together with your donation, this project will support the overall premise that enhancing aquaculture productivity is the critical entry-point in designing effective poverty reduction strategies, including in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Yet, to maximize the poverty reducing effects, the right aquaculture training, quality fingerlings and investments must be pursued.
The project aims to train the poor in effective aquaculture practices and equip them with free high-quality fingerlings so that they can start there own farms. It is a weeklong project that is done every month. The cost of training one person is $100. You can donate a little as $1, $10 or take up the cost of training one participant at $100.
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