John Wiley & Sons, Inc., recently announced that its 12,200 Online Books would be made available through the Research4Life initiatives of HINARIAGORA and OARE, benefitting research and academic communities in 80 low- and middle-income countries including Malawi, Cambodia, and Bolivia.

Research4Life provides 6,000 institutions in developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. The addition of Wiley’s Online Books brings the total number of peer reviewed scientific journals, books and databases now available through the public-private Research4life partnership to almost 30,000.  continue reading…

Roy Palmer

Roy Palmer

Australian aquaculture/seafood veteran Roy Palmer has been named Director of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) following its 2013 board elections.

The international not-for-profit organisation aims to promote sustainable aquaculture by facilitating and strengthening information exchange among academics and the industry. With over 3000 members in over 100 countries, WAS targets high priority issues in aquaculture and helps to raise awareness of aid initiatives in developing countries.

With over 40 years of experience in the import, export, marketing and retail of post-harvest aquaculture, Roy joined WAS more than 10 years ago and soon after became President of the Asia-Pacific Chapter (APC).

“This position is an opportunity for me to ask others their opinions on current issues in the industry and help generate discussion on a global scale. My aim is to try to make a difference and I don’t intend to waste my time in this role,” Roy explains.

“As president of the APC my first priority was to establish boundaries. We created an expert advisory council and roles for country ambassadors to talk more effectively about the issues within each region and discuss possible solutions.”

Since then Roy’s passion for the industry has led to him becoming heavily involved with Aquaculture Without Frontiers — a charity which aims to assist impoverished communities in establishing aquaculture and educating people on the harvesting process to improve health and business.  Read more …

afspan-literature-reviewThe objective of this document is to review the literature that has been published so far on the potential contribution of fish-related activities (aquaculture and fisheries) to food and nutritional security and poverty alleviation. This body of literature – which is found essentially in the aquaculture/fisheries literature, but also for some parts in the nutrition literature – turns out to be relatively heterogeneous and scattered, relying on different types of indicators and data. This information, which has been generated by different methodologies, applied at various scale (household, community, national levels), offers therefore very limited possibility for rigorous comparison or aggregation across projects, location or countries.  continue reading…

Rebuilding the Tambaks in Aceh is a video by Visual Backstories that features Pak Mohammad, a charismatic leader in his village, who works with local and international experts to bring back aquaculture, or rather a polyculture system, to the brackish water ponds (tambaks) following the devastating tsunami on Boxing Day, 2004.

AwF Director Kevin Fitzsimmons is shown touring the various reconstruction projects undertaken with funding from a number of aid agencies, foundations, and non-profits, including Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF).

The people of Aceh have transformed the devastation into once more productive ponds, rebuilding their lives and communities in the process.

Rebuilding the Tambaks in Aceh

IMechE Food Report CoverBy 2075, the United Nations’ mid-range projection for global population growth predicts that human numbers will peak at about 9.5 billion people. This means that there could be an extra three billion mouths to feed by the end of the century, a period in which substantial changes are anticipated in the wealth, calorific intake and dietary preferences of people in developing countries across the world.

Such a projection presents mankind with wide-ranging social, economic, environmental and political issues that need to be addressed today to ensure a sustainable future for all. One key issue is how to produce more food in a world of finite resources.

Today, we produce about four billion metric tonnes of food per annum. Yet due to poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, as well as market and consumer wastage, it is estimated that 30–50% (or 1.2–2 billion tonnes) of all food produced never reaches a human stomach. Furthermore, this figure does not reflect the fact that large amounts of land, energy, fertilisers and water have also been lost in the production of foodstuffs which simply end up as waste. This level of wastage is a tragedy that cannot continue if we are to succeed in the challenge of sustainably meeting our future food demands.  Read more …

The Manda Wilderness Community Trust (MWCT)  is seeking an experienced aquaculture project supervisor to work in the Lago District, Niassa Province, Mozambique.

Description of Role:

  • Manage and organize the work schedules and progress of an 18 member community association
  • Design and adjust short-term and long-term plans on a grassroots and rural aquaculture project
  • Take frequent camping trips to the picturesque village of Litanda
  • Learn and improve Portuguese and Nyanja language skills
  • Help bring improved nutrition, capacitation and leadership skills to the community association, Litanda village and surrounding communities  continue reading…

AQ2013Logo_400If you are going to Nashville, TN for the Aquaculture 2013 conference, please join us on Friday 22 February at 3:30-5:30 PM for the Aquaculture without Frontiers Special Session chaired by co-executive director, Dave Conley.

Session Agenda:

3:30:  Dave Conley – AQUACULTURE WITHOUT FRONTIERS: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

3:45:  Kevin Fitzsimmons - AQUACULTURE WITHOUT FRONTIERS FARMER TO FARMER PROGRAMS

4:00:  Patricia Moraes-Valenti – POSSIBILITIES OF AwF COLLABORATION WITH BRAZILIAN ORGANIZATIONS WORKING ON POVERTY ALLEVIATION

4:14:  Dave Little - TILAPIA HATCHERY STRATEGIES IN ASIA – SPANNING THE INTENSITY CONTINUUM

4:30:  William N. Mebane – LOW RESOURCE TILAPIA CULTURE IN HAITI, LIMITATIONS, OPPORTUNITIES, AND POSSIBLE STRATEGIES FOR INTENSIFICATION

4:45:  May Myat Moe Lwin - AWF’S ROLE IN DEVELOPING MYANMAR’S AQUACULTURE POTENTIAL

5:00:  Roy Palmer – MARKETING AwF INTO THE FUTURE

5:15:  Dave Conley & Roy Palmer – Q&A SESSION + TILAPIA AQUACULTURE IN HAITI WORKSHOP 2011: HIGHLIGHTS AND OUTCOMES  continue reading…

The appeal to help pay for the medical expenses incurred by Dr. M.C. Nandeesha’s family in the struggle to save his life has raised a total of USD 42,295 to date; this is 55% of our target amount of USD 77,000.

The appeal, launched December 21st, is a combined effort by Aquaculture without Frontiers, World Aquaculture Society, Global Aquaculture Alliance, Asian Fisheries Society and Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific.

We have heard today from our colleague, Prathapa Chandra Shetty in Dubai, that Mrs. Rajeshwari Nandeesha is slowly recovering from the unimaginable and sudden events in her life. Now that she is back in Bangalore, after having participated in the Funeral Celebrations at Nandeesha’s home town, she has started looking at the many letters and emails received from Nandeesha’s friends and colleagues around the world. She is overwhelmed by the support and kind messages of condolence that she has received. She wants you all to know that she has no words to express her gratitude for the kind of support she has received during these difficult times and that she is extremely grateful to everyone.

We encourage you, if you have not done so already, to help us achieve our goal of collecting USD 77,000 by making a donation either online via the WAS website or by cheque. Details are provided by clicking here.

Dr. M.C. Nandeesha, 1957-2012

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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Mudnakudu Nandeesha, who succumbed on Dec 27th to complications resulting from a severe heart attack he suffered on November 23rd.

Words do not adequately express our feelings at his loss but the Board of Directors would like to express our deepest sympathy to his wife and family at this time of their greatest sorrow. Know that Nandeesha was loved and respected by many in the aquaculture and fisheries community in India, Southeast Asia, and beyond.

We encourage you to make a donation to the Nandeesha Medical Assistance Fund in his memory. In addition to the loss of her husband, Mrs. Nandeesha must now deal with a substantial medical bill resulting from a month-long effort to save his life. Let us all offer our help and comfort in this time of need.

The Board of Directors, AwF

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Farewell Dr Nandeesha by Dr Mohan Joseph Modayil

Mudnakudu Nandeesha

Prof. Mudnakudu Nandeesha

Prof. Mudnakudu Nandeesha, widely and affectionately known as “Nandeesha” is a special officer at Tamil Nadu Fisheries University in India, recipient of the World Aquaculture Society fellow award in 2012, board chairman for the Indian Branch of the Asian Fisheries Society and Aquaculture without Frontiers, and member of the Best Aquaculture Practices Standards Oversight Committee at the Global Aquaculture Alliance.

Nandeesha recently suffered a massive heart attack. Due to complications, he is now hospitalized in critical condition in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.  He is on a heart/lung machine and dialysis and may need a heart transplant. The cost of his ongoing treatment has surpassed the resources available to him and his family.

Aquaculture without Frontiers, World Aquaculture Society, Global Aquaculture Alliance, Asian Fisheries Society and Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific are therefore collecting monetary donations to assist Nandeesha.  continue reading…