Following Mardi Gras

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Following Mardi Gras

Category : Updates

Aquaculture without Frontiers is hitting the road next month and will be centering its activities on New Orleans and the American Aquaculture event which follows the famous Mardi Gras.

“I doubt if we will be parading in all the fancy costumes as we have some serious activities like the AwF Board Meeting, a General Meeting for AwF and an important session at the Conference but NOLA is full of history and is the home of special music and well known for its seafood and hospitality and is very close to our base in Baton Rouge”, said Executive Director, Roy Palmer.

The Session developed by AwF “Development, Welfare and Poverty Alleviation” will see speakers from Kenya, Ghana, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Mexico, Netherlands and Australia covering a range of activities within the subject area.

Gorjan Nikolik from Rabobank International will start the session with a presentation about Rabobank Foundation which pursues its objectives by supporting cooperatives or member-based organizations which offer an opportunity to save, borrow or insure. This is directly relevant to another presentation centered on a survey in the states of Kogi and Niger in Nigeria which highlights that the major constraints faced by the respondents were inadequate credit and high cost of input.

Gorjan is a senior industry analyst on food and agribusiness for Rabobank International. Since joining Rabobank in 2005, he has focused on the global seafood sector, including aquaculture, wild catch, seafood trade and processing. In his primary role, Gorjan works as an internal consultant to Rabobank departments such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Finance, Venture Capital and Credit Risk Management. He also produces research articles covering the seafood industry.

The bulk of the presentations relate to outcomes from the Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP) program in Africa, the CGIAR challenge program on water and food which highlights some good outcomes on rotational polyculture, and a presentation on homestead food production.

There will be a presentation on AwF’s involvement in Mexico and the session will be wrapped up with “AwF – Future Directions”. This presentation will bring people up to date with the AwF activities and global strategy to promote and support responsible and sustainable aquaculture to alleviate poverty and malnutrition and to enhance food security for disadvantaged people.

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Development, Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Session (AwF)

February 19 – February 22, 2015
New Orleans, LA

Session: Sunday, February, 22, 2015
2:00pm – 5:00pm (break 3:30-4:00pm)
Room: TBD
Chair/Moderator: Roy Palmer
Total Session Time: 2.5 hrs
(Click to see Program)