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Inclusive aquaculture development

Small-scale aquaculture producers can access inputs, improve production and connect successfully with more remunerative markets by means of collective actions. This course will focus on empowerment and professionalization of fish farmers’ business organisations, with responsible and inclusive growth of the aquaculture sector as main objective. Empowering fish farmers’ business organizations A sector on the rise. On a global scale aquaculture has shown a steady growth in the past decades. The amount of fish and other seafood products for direct human consumption resulting from aquaculture is equal to the amount supplied by capture fisheries. Besides from an increasing world population, the global demand for fish or aquatic products is also driven by a growing awareness of the positive impact of consumption of fish and other aquatic products on human health due to the presence of unsaturated fatty acids, micro-nutrients and high protein level. In Europe and North America the local production and supply of fishery products are not sufficient to meet the demand. Fish and other seafood have become very important export commodities for Vietnam, Bangladesh, Thailand and other countries. Especially in East, South and S.E. Asia aquaculture is a well-established and fast growing sector; these regions together contribute 88% to the global aquaculture production (FAO, 2014).

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