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AwF celebrates all Women involved in Aquaculture on International Women’s Day

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InternationalWomensDay-portraitSince we started the Women/Gender Network we have learnt such a lot about the fantastic work that so many women are doing globally in aquaculture – some of whom have been recognised by our Woman of the Month award and have inspired us so much that we wish to share their stories with a wider audience. International Women’s Day on 8 March seems the perfect opportunity, so check out what these amazing Women have done by viewing International Women’s Day 8 March 2017, (or PDF version or visit our website).


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African Partnership To Benefit Aquaculture

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140The African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) will partner with volunteer aid organization Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) to improve outcomes in disadvantaged communities by focusing efforts on sustainable aquaculture.

The new agreement links both organizations to closer collaboration and will see AwF working towards including economic profiling in its projects designed to measure the outcomes of its work.

Dr Edward Mabaya, President of AAAE, on signing the agreement said “AAAE has a vast network of agricultural economists working across Africa.   Through this agreement, we will tap into this network to provide applied research support in areas such as impact assessment, value chain analysis, monitoring and evaluation of aquaculture projects.”

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Aquaculture America 2017

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SAN ANTONIO 19-22 FEBRUARY

AA17 logoAquaculture’s favorite Charity, Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF), will be represented twice on the program.

On Tuesday 21 February AwF will be presenting ‘Pardon Our Progress – AwF Women/Gender’, at 11.45 in the Women in Aquaculture Session being held in Salon B. This presentation will highlight how the network started, some of its activities and where it is heading specifically mentioning some of the challenges and opportunities. The Network has grown to 600+ and is available for anyone to join in discussions and share information – connect to:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/awfwomen.

On Wednesday 22 February the Aquaculture without FrontiersSessionDevelopment, Welfare and Poverty Alleviation’ starts at 11am in Room 11, so please come and see what is happening and how you might help with engaging in some corporate social responsibility and Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF)www.aquaculturewithoutfrontiers.org

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WAS-APC Travel Award for Women’s Participation at APA17 Kuala Lumpur

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APA2017_Logo_400AwF thanks WAS-APC for the donation of USD500 in return for AwF facilitating the selection process of their Travel Award for Women’s Participation at APA17 in Kuala Lumpur 24-27 July 2017.

WAS-APC is providing the opportunity for female aquaculture people to attend Asia Pacific Aquaculture 2017 from 24-27 July 2017.  Funding for this opportunity is provided by WAS-APC, and Aquaculture without Frontiers is facilitating the selection process.

There are two (2) grants available x USD600 which are aimed to assist with accommodation and travel and WAS-APC will organise and pay registration for the event.

Applicants need to complete the application form and will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

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New Year Release

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acnc-registered-charity-tick“Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them.”     Dorothy Draper


To all:

  • our volunteers
  • the people who have helped us
  • the AwF Women of the Month and to the many others who have inspired us

and

  • our collaborators, supporters and friends

We say a massive and humble

THANK YOU…

Let us make 2017 our best year yet

From Directors of Aquaculture without Frontiers – USA, Australia and Latin America


You can also Support AwF by shopping at AmazonSmile via the following link:
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0596251


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Elite Trainer – Exemplary impacts in the Aquacultural Sector

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Karen Viverica

Karen Viverica

World Aquaculture Society Director and President of Aquaculture without Frontiers Latin America, Dr Antonio Garza de Yta said ”I cannot believe there could be anyone more qualified as AwF’s Woman of the Month than Karen Veverica” – AwF’s Woman of the Month for November.  He added “Karen is the BEST trainer I have ever seen or worked with.”

Dr John A Hargraves, Editor, World Aquaculture Magazine was quick to back this with his comments on Karen “I enthusiastically endorse Karen’s nomination for AwF Woman of the Month. I’ve known Karen for more than 25 years and she is a terrific choice. She is one of the best practical aquaculturists I know (man OR woman). She has an incredible wealth of practical knowledge that I’ve repeatedly encouraged her to pass on in some kind of major publication, such as a book or production guide. In particular, her work in Africa has been exemplary and indicative of a long-term commitment to aquaculture development on the continent”.

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AwF International Council Formed

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AwF has formalized the working relationships between the different AwF Groups to ensure that there is consistency and cohesiveness in the worldwide operations of AwF as a charity. At present there are three (3) affiliated AwF organisations around the world – USA (Americas region), Australia (Oceania region) and recently Latin America (based in Mexico).

The new executive group is the ‘Aquaculture without Frontiers International Council’. All national and regional offices have decided to follow an agreed global campaign strategy but work independently within their regional/local context and in seeking the necessary financial support from donors, programs and grants to fund their work, etc.

We need organizations in different countries to create tax benefits for donors and to be eligible for any local funding. Whilst countries talk about global engagement, it is very clear that most are only funding and engaging their own registered organizations and people – it is true to say that aid funding is more strategic than it has ever been.

The AwF International Council will comprise our global Executive Director and two members from each organizational board (USA, Australia and Latin America) on a rotation basis of three (3) years. Each of the current regional organizations is responsible for its own funding with consideration being made by them in funding the Executive/Secretariat on a fair and equitable basis.

Any new regional group must seek, and be granted written approval, from the International Council before using the organization’s brand, logo, etc. There will be only one website (www.aquaculturewithoutfrontiers.org) and all of the social media in which the organization members engage must also be approved by the AwF International Council.

The current AwF International Council comprises Dr Albert Tacon, Dr Meryl Williams, Dr Antonio Garza de Yta, Citlali Gomez Lepe, Katherine Hawes, Dave Conley and Roy Palmer.


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Capstone Project sees Re-launch of Website

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As I went through the ‘aquaculturewithoutfrontiers.org‘ website, I was delighted to see all valuable articles on aquaculture world in it,” was a comment we received totally out of the blue and, as a result of this, we now have a new person who is going to volunteer to add his skills to AwF. This is the benefit of an active website for sure.

Aaron, Yujia, Alistair, Roy, Gabrielle, Andrew, Jericho

Aaron, Yujia, Alistair, Roy, Gabrielle, Andrew, Jericho

This was an early success from the recently concluded Swinburne University of Technology Undergraduate Capstone Project ‘AwF Communications Infrastructure Improvement Project’. We are very grateful to the team consisting of Aaron Lim, Alistair Woodward, Jericho Mendoza (Team Leader) and Yujia Wang and supervised by Andrew Forbes, who got involved in this task.

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Ornamental Actions Assist Women and Trade

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Dr Amonrat Sermwatanakul

Dr Amonrat Sermwatanakul

We are delighted to announce Dr. Amonrat Sermwatanakul as our WoM for October (delayed in respect for the much revered King of Thailand); a well-deserved nominee as she is the National focal point for fisheries in Thailand having over 30 years’ experience in aquaculture extension and research.

Amonrat is renowned for her outstanding work empowering women to improve their livelihoods by developing ornamental fish farms.  As an expert in ornamental fish Dr.Sermwatanakul has transferred her knowledge by initiating training courses not only for ornamental fish farming but online marketing for small scale fish farmers.  This has had a tremendous impact allowing women to sell their fish all over the world.  Her entrepreneurship in the online world also led to the creation of ‘DrNoi.com’ a social networking think tank and global communication tools for the ornamental fish industry. This site assists not only fish farmers but retailers and exporters.

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Creation of a Legacy of Aquaculture Research Programs

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Hillary Egna at Work

Hillary Egna at Work

Since the early 1980’s Dr Hillary Egna has built a legacy of aquaculture research programs focused on helping small-holder aquaculture so it is with enormous pleasure that we honor Dr Egna as AwF’s Woman of the Month for September 2016.

Hillary’s outstanding contribution to aquaculture began some 30 years ago after she was appointed Director of the Pond Dynamics/Aquaculture CRSP (PD/A CRSP), she began to apply for competitive research grants. The PD/A CRSP ended in 1987, yet coming from a background in private consulting in fisheries, Hillary took a chance and wrote a proposal making her the youngest and one of only two women to be lead Principal Investigator (PI) of a CRSP, a collaborative research program under USAID’s sponsorship. In the heavily male-dominated environment of ac ademia and aquaculture of the 1980s, she overcame challenges to establish a reputation for delivering innovative solutions. Through a series of independent grants and collaborations, Hillary has created an international aquaculture R&D center under which she provided organizational continuity.

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