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BREAKOUT SESSION 10: ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS - Speaker: Benoy Barman

Benoy Barman, WorldFish

Small Fish in Improving Nutrition, Increasing Incomes and Developing Downstream Market linkages

The presentation focuses on the results of a participatory action research project (1500 households) on production of micronutrient-rich small fish and its impacts on incomes and nutrition over the 2011-2013 period. Small investments significantly increased fish production and incomes of participants. Monthly consumption surveys indicated increased consumption of small fish, due in part to education programmes. Overall small fish now contribute about 18% to household consumption compared to 9% in 2011. The project also integrates high nutrient vegetable production. The success of the technologies for raising incomes attracted participation by a significant number of households within nearby communities.