Fish For Livelihoods

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In October 2019, USAID awarded the Fish for Livelihoods (F4L) activity for 2019-2024. The project focuses on improving the nutrition status in Central and Northern Myanmar by promoting an inclusive and sustainable aquaculture growth that focuses on small-scale farmers. This project provides a means of ensuring the improved availability of diverse, safe, affordable nutrient-rich foods, especially for women and young children from poor and vulnerable households. This will be achieved by ensuring that poor households have an increased ability to purchase accessible nutritious foods due to improved incomes from entrepreneurial activities including improved small-scale aquaculture in the intervention areas and the strengthening of aquaculture market systems with particular attention to expanding opportunities for women and youth. n addition, social behavioral change messages will prioritize nutritious-conscious household decisions by means of both home production and purchase in local markets.

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Period of Implementations

Oct 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2024

Total Budget

USD 12,000,000.00

Key Documents

OUR IMPACT

Goals

The overall development objective is: Inclusive and sustainable small-scale aquaculture growth to enhance integrated agriculture nutrition pathways by means of improved production and market systems approaches to increase the availability of fish, income and dietary diversity, dietary and agriculture practice behavior change, reduce poverty of beneficiary populations, especially women and children, in central and northern Myanmar.

Objectives

The project will ensure that fish production in areas distant to the Ayeyarwady Delta will provide fish closer to fish deficit areas while promoting market systems and value chains to deliver food safe fish and fish products to local markets. This will be accompanied by activities in the nutrition and WASH areas, to ensure a more integrated approach that comprehends various aspects of small-scale aquaculture. More specifically, the objectives for each of the three dimensions are: 1. Increase small-scale aquaculture production through strategic activities including improved land and water use, increased access to high quality inputs (feed, seed and equipment), capacity development and research into production, and access to credit. 2. Further develop and utilize market-based system approaches (MSA) to increase access to food, safe fish and fish products. 3. Enhanced nutrition and WASH practices delivered via social behavior change communication (SBCC).

Impact Pathway

The F4L Project aims to intervene in the small-scale rural aquaculture sector by building the capacity of different actors along the value chain through innovative technologies, knowledge and better management practices. This will be supported by activities that strengthen key institutions – public and private and build effective partnerships and linkages among various actors. Support will be provided also to the government and policy makers to influence more favorable and inclusive policies and regulations. Further credit and financial opportunities for small-scale aquaculture farmers will be explored and introduced. All these activities together aim at re-novating the aquaculture sector and creating innovative business models that work. The activities on the production will be accompanied by intervention in the market to facilitate the engagement of smallholder farmers and to integrate best aquaculture practices in the production, processing and trading of fish, and fish products. The interventions in the production and market will be complemented by nutrition and WASH activities. These will be aimed at educating the local actors at institutional, community and individual level for better consumption behaviors. The change at input level to the activities will happen with engagement of qualified human resources, knowledge, technological packages, best practices, structures and tools to build testing and piloting facilities, and strategic partnerships with stakeholders. From activities to output, a foresight analysis and high-quality research on key components on influencing the production of the SSA, such as; natural resources use, feed and seed, production and management practices, value chain, nutrition, institutional capacity, regulatory framework will be carried out to reflect the change. Moreover, the dissemination of technologies and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAPs) by strengthening existing public and private institutions and frameworks, and building effective and robust partnerships and platforms to support extension, integration of gender and capacity development will be carried out at the output. At the higher level for outcomes, the project will influence changes in behavior, policy/regulatory and investment frameworks to support wider adoption and scaling for a more inclusive and sustainable aquaculture sector. In addition to that, sustained private and public sector/government investment growth in aquaculture research and development to support existing and new innovative models, improved policies and increased institutional performance for a greater impact at higher scale.

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Resources

Title: Fish for Livelihoods- Barrier Analysis Study

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2021-10-04

Title: Better Management Practices: Small Scale Aquaculture Survey Report

Author: Naw Christine Pan Wai

Date: 2021-08-30

Title: Fish for Livelihoods Newsletter (Apr - Jun 2021)

Author: Syed Aman Ali

Date: 2021-08-13

Title: Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) survey

Author: Ei Ei Phyo

Date: 2021-08-11

Title: Fish for Livelihoods Nutrition Update - June

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2021-07-01

Title: Fish for Livelihoods Newsletter (Jan - Mar 2021)

Author: Syed Aman Ali

Date: 2021-06-30

Title: Improved access to information on market and SSA technologies (BMPs)

Author: Manjurul Karim

Date: 2021-06-09

Title: Fish for Livelihoods Nutrition Update - January

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2021-02-02

Title: Fish for Livelihoods Nutrition Update - December

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2021-01-01

Title: Fish for Livelihoods Newsletter (Oct - Dec 2020)

Author: Syed Aman Ali

Date: 2020-12-31

Title: Fish for Livelihoods Newsletter. Issue 4 (July - September 2020)

Author: Syed Aman Ali

Date: 2020-12-10

Title: Fish for Livelihoods Nutrition Update - November

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-12-03

Title: Fish for Livelihoods Nutrition Update - October

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-12-01

Title: Shwe Ngar (Golden Fish) Mobile Application

Author: Manjurul Karim

Date: 2020-10-13

Title: Fish for Livelihoods Newsletter (Oct 2019 to June 2020)

Author: Syed Aman Ali

Date: 2020-10-01

Title: Fish for Livelihoods: Nutrition update August 2020

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-10-01

Title: Fish for Livelihoods: Nutrition update September 2020

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-09-30

Title: Nutrition and COVID 19

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-07-28

Title: Small Scale Aquaculture (SSA) and COVID-19

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-07-28

Title: Fish for Livelihoods: Handwashing poster (Burmese version)

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-07-27

Title: Hatchery booklet (Burmese version)

Author: Manjurul Karim

Date: 2020-07-21

Title: Farmer Record Book: pond management and record keeping

Author: Manjurul Karim

Date: 2020-07-20

Title: SAIL NM Gender Integration Workshop Report

Author: Jessica Scott

Date: 2020-07-01

Title: Nutrition approaches in the Fish for Livelihoods project

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-06-30

Title: Nutrition and COVID-19 (Burmese version)

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-06-30

Title: Small Scale Aquaculture (SSA) and COVID-19 (Burmese version)

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-06-30

Title: Fish for Livelihoods: SIS partial harvest (Burmese version)

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-06-30

Title: Fish for Livelihoods: Recipe card fish pumpkin ball (Burmese version)

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-06-30

Title: Fish for Livelihoods: Mola comic story

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-06-30

Title: Fish for Livelihoods: Mola comic story (Burmese version)

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-06-30

Title: Fish for Livelihoods: 1000 days poster (Burmese version)

Author: Quennie Rizaldo

Date: 2020-01-01

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