AwF and University of Arizona receive farmer-to-farmer aquaculture niche award from US-AID
Category : Updates
We are pleased to announce that the US-AID has awarded $97,528 in a one year grant to administer a Farmer-to-Farmer program sending volunteers to India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and New Caledonia to work with local aquaculture farmers to implement more sustainable farming techniques. The original proposal can be seen on our projects page (current projects and field activities).
Volunteers from the global charity Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) are being selected and matched with farmer groups from developing countries to compare implementation of Best Aquaculture Practices. The goal is to improve food safety and environmental protection for small scale farmers growing fish, shrimp, crabs, bivalves and seaweeds. Improving the quality and marketability of seafood products is an equal goal of the project. The grant will be administered by the University of Arizona as the AwF has no administrative staff or overheads and commits one hundred percent of funds donated directly to projects. Some of the Farmer hosts have collaborated with AwF in the past and others will be new partners.
The Aquaculture niche program is funding travel for 20 volunteer missions to work with Farmer collaborators in several countries between March 2010 and February 2011. Host farmers will provide housing and local transportation. Volunteers will be selected from the AwF volunteer list which reviews professional and regional expertise. Kevin Fitzsimmons (Professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, Director of International Agriculture Programs at the University of Arizona and AwF Director) is responsible for administration of the program.