January 30, 2015


Walmart funds aquaculture projects in Indonesia, China and Thailand



The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), with funding from the Walmart Foundation, is launching Aquaculture Improvement Projects in Indonesia, China, and Thailand.


Shrimp farmers in Indonesia and Thailand and tilapia farmers in China will receive training and knowledge to help them improve their livelihoods and increase collaboration to manage and improve water quality and reduce disease outbreaks.


Aquaculture can help meet the increasing demand for seafood while ensuring that existing fisheries remain sustainable.


With funding from the Walmart Foundation, SFP will reach out to more farming households through farm-level training. The grant will increase the scale of direct impact like improved practices on farms and in post-harvest handling, as well as indirect impact like policy and industry practices.


"Small-scale aquaculture farming families in Asia provide the bulk of farmed fish and shrimp that ends up on our plates. Training them on improved production practices and the value of working together to improve the environment they are growing these fish and shrimp in is a win-win for everyone," said Anton Immink, aquaculture director at SFP.


The projects give smallholders the chance to benefit from improved market access, added Immink.


For the Indonesian project, SFP will reach out to 10,000 farmers with close collaboration with suppliers and the government.


The Thailand shrimp project will focus on local resource co-management and specifically target underserved women in farming families through the delivery of training around disease control, water quality monitoring and business management.


China has been the world's leading tilapia-farming country for nearly twenty years. SFP will develop a Code of Good Practice for Chinese farms to follow both individually and collectively.

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