Fish genetic networks boost production. Validated RNRRS Output.


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.

Summary for Project titles: R7590: Genetic status and improvement strategies for exotic carps for low input aquaculture in Asia and R7284: Genetic improvement and utilisation of indigenous tilapia in Southern Africa.

Networks to promote high-quality breeding fish are the key to profitable aquaculture, especially for poor producers. In some countries breeding fish for aquaculture is managed so poorly that farmers produce less and less. Breeding quality fish for aquaculture can be highly successful but still has a long way to go in many developing countries. Networks to improve fish genetics—and thus production—bring together government, university and private organisations locally, nationally and internationally. They are already thriving and, in some cases, expanding in South Africa, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India and Thailand. The various mixes of public, private commercial, NGO and poor producers in these networks show great promise as models for improving not only fish production but also other commodities.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts on Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.


AFGP09, 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 76.

Published 1 January 2007