Agriculture-aquaculture mix boosts productivity. Validated RNRRS Output.

Abstract

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Principally based on Projects R7052, R8286 and R7917. Growing crops and fish together raises productivity and helps relieve pressure on land and water resources. This could help many developing countries where land and water are under extreme pressure. Simple forms of community management make good use of water and nutrients and boost harvests of fish from rice fields, ponds and traps. Community groups successfully manage integrated systems in Central Bangladesh, southeast Cambodia and northeast Thailand. Integrating water use in aquaculture and agriculture is now spreading throughout South and Southeast Asia. In northwest Bangladesh around 30,000 households already produce fry and fingerlings in rice fields. These integrated systems have great potential for improving livelihoods and nutrition for millions of the rural poor.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts on Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (13 pp.) taken from the CD.

Citation

AFGP04, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 73.

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