We bring to your attention these recent reports relating to various women’s issues:

AwF made a presentation at the Women in Aquaculture session at World Aquaculture Adelaide in June specifically highlighting how important women were in projects that we have done to date and how little recognition they have received overall. The ‘Involvement of Rural Women’ article gives some practical tips for dissemination of technology for rural women and the ‘Undercurrent News’ report highlights a major problem regarding women in higher positions in the industry.

We are making progress with our Women’s Network and these reports simply highlight why such a network is necessary.

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

Food security and nutrition is everyone’s business. The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was set up in 1974 and the multi-stakeholder platform enables all viewpoints to be considered when deciding on concrete actions to address issues affecting food security and nutrition such as the economic crisis and the rising demand for food. The CFS reports annually to Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

In 2009 the CFS established the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) as an essential part of the CFS reform to provide independent, scientific knowledge-based analysis and advice. HLPE reports are requested by CFS and their findings and recommendations serve as a basis for CFS policy discussions. continue reading…

Chikondano Faith Chisala, reports that the “Sustainable Fish Farming Project”, proposed to provide 500 families in the Baseri village of Nepal with funding to start fish farms, recently won a grant of USD 7,500 from the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge.

The challenge was a competition among aspiring entrepreneurs who attended the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting at the US-based Arizona State University, Phoenix. Approximately 1,000 students from 300 colleges, universities and national youth organizations from 80 countries made 695 commitments to address global challenges at the 2014 CGI U meeting. continue reading…

Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) is excited to announce the start of its Global Schools & Students Network in Australia and specifically wants to thank Steve Harrison, the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre (HVTTC) and all of the students.

The students have started a project to raise the awareness of AwF and its work and this will culminate in a fund-raising dinner to be held at the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre on 22 October 2014 in Huonville, very much at the heart of Tasmanian aquaculture. The theme chosen by the students is “Eat Fish for one night; help feed the world fish for the future.”

Tasmanian aquaculture training

Tasmanian aquaculture training

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The first ever international instrument dedicated entirely to an immensely important sector finally recognises the massive role of small-scale fisheries.

The Guidelines can be seen here http://www.fao.org/cofi/23885-09a60857a289b96d28c31433643996c84.pdf

Nicole Franz is Fishery Policy Analyst at FAO and she wrote a blog for Global Partnership for Oceans (see full detail at http://www.globalpartnershipforoceans.org/fao-adopts-small-scale-fisheries-guidelines)

We have taken the liberty of précising this as follows: continue reading…

Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) Executive Committee met last weekend and is pleased with progress being made and has agreed on an action agenda for the rest of the year.

Utilising its affiliation status with the World Aquaculture Society the organisation has held sessions and meetings in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Dec 2013); Seattle, USA (Feb 2014) and Adelaide, Australia (June 2014) and has plans for Guadalajara, Mexico (Nov 2014), New Orleans (Feb 2015) and Jeju, Korea (May 2015).

Executive Director, Roy Palmer, said “The organisation has gone through many changes in recent times but has remained solid and with the strategies now agreed and a touch of good fortune we will see a far stronger and sustainable AwF into the future. We have a very pro-active strategy and with the tremendous support we get from our great volunteers we are very confident that we will be able engage in many projects from here  into the foreseeable future.” continue reading…

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through tailored fellowships. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, especially women. AWARD Fellows benefit from two-year fellowships focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity. Fellows stay in their institutions, continue their research, and travel to AWARD training courses held in various locations in Africa. continue reading…

Silent Auction Adelaide

Silent Auction Adelaide

During the recent World Aquaculture Conference held in Adelaide we conducted a Silent Auction to raise funds for AwF. We had 11 items to auction, including:

  • 3 framed photographs which were prize winners of the photograph competition run by International Aquafeed – thanks to the sponsors of the activity for their generosity in enabling us to have the photos.
  • Diploma in Aquaculture
  • Books
  • Adelaide Crows indigenous football jumper and Conference polo shirts

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Volunteers Update

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We have 15 new volunteers who have registered since 18 May 2014 and we continue to build our list. Thank you to those who have made this commitment.

Our Volunteer Coordinators, Cormac and Ignacio, will be in touch with you very soon. In the meantime, you will be pleased to know that we are expecting a large number of opportunities for volunteers to contribute in the very near future.

Kevin Fitzsimmons, previous AwF President, is currently in Bangladesh developing volunteer projects and in the following weeks he will be Myanmar and Nepal.  continue reading…

Aquaculture & Forests

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In a recent study published in Nature Communications it has been suggested that deforestation is reducing the amount of leaf litter falling into rivers and lakes, resulting in less food being available to fish.

Lead author Andrew Tanentzap from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences said “We found fish that had almost 70% of their biomass made from carbon that came from trees and leaves instead of aquatic food chain sources.  While plankton raised on algal carbon is more nutritious, organic carbon from trees washed into lakes is a hugely important food source for freshwater fish, bolstering their diet to ensure good size and strength.”

Dr Tanentzap observed: “Where you have more dissolved forest matter you have more bacteria, more bacteria equals more zooplankton.  Areas with the most zooplankton had the largest, fattest fish.” continue reading…