'The improved management of small-scale cage culture in Asia' was concerned with examining the small-scale rapidly expanding cage culture industries in inland (Bangladesh) and coastal (Vietnam) systems. By identifying the technical, social, economic and institutional context of potential beneficiaries, the rural resource poor and women in particular, the suitability of cage culture as a livelihood strategy for these groups could be assessed. Knowledge created remains in the countries, where it can be best accessed by stakeholders.
The types of outputs offered as a result of this research therefore took two forms i) capacity building of institutions and stakeholders and ii) guidance on technology selection, refinement and management. Via an end of project workshop these have resulted in the formation of generic guidelines concerning the selection and extension of appropriate small-scale cage culture technologies. It is hoped that these will contribute towards the DFID development goal of a sustainable increase in yields from small-scale semi-intensive and extensive aquaculture systems. Due to the collaborative nature of project R7100 it is difficult to disentangle whether benefits to the rural poor are a direct result of the research, or the activities of partner institutions, or a combination of both. However it is likely that the research resulted in more rapid identification of cage technologies and dissemination of findings due to the utilisation of the built promotional framework.
Bulcock, P., Beveridge, M.C.M., Hambrey, J.B. and McAndrew, K.I. (2001). Final Technical report. The improved management of small-scale cage culture in Asia. 102 pp.