More than 50% of all fish we consume is farmed. Aquaculture can produce healthy, high quality food with limited environmental impact, creating jobs and prosperity, if done sustainably.
IDH works in countries where the aquaculture sector has been established for centuries, as well as in countries where there is potential and need for more locally farmed fish.
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To increase the sustainability of the sector in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Ecuador, disease and feed issues must be tackled.
Diseases result in loss of income, waste of inputs and irresponsible practices like the excessive use of antimicrobials. Disease occurrence threatens farmers long-term business. As a result, investors are reluctant to make long term (sustainable) investments.
Feed has an effect on people, planet and profit. It is the biggest cost in aquaculture production; it is sometimes used ineffciently; and may contain marine ingredients such as fish oil and fish meal which may be come from illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries.
IDH tackles these issues by strengthening partnerships, supporting innovation and driving investment into more sustainable production.
Most often people in poorer countries without a fish farming history, such as Mozambique and Haiti, do eat fish. Although traditionally fish were caught locally, demand is increasingly been satisfied through seafood imports, depriving the country of much needed jobs and economic growth. To develop a well-functioning aquaculture sector knowledge and skills, quality of inputs and access to finance are needed.
IDH strengthens hubs that can provide knowledge, quality inputs and access to markets and investment to small and medium scale producers.
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Building on experiences with our landscape and commodity programs we are developing aquascapes.
We improve production by strengthening partnerships as to develop joint strategies. We organize cooperation between producers and local governments and with experts that can
support in health management or can conduct market, gender, or carrying capacity studies.
We support innovation by promoting the use of technology and data to increase sector efficiency, traceability and transparency.
We strengthen partnerships and innovation and build and execute innovative finance mechanisms to drive investment into reduced production risks and increased commercial viability. This results in more sustainable production, attracting increased commercial investment over the longer-term.
We encourage market recognition of lower risk areas, leading to Verified Sourcing Areas which enable buyers to accelerate their demand for sustainable products at scale. We also encourage the development of local and regional markets by taking a Value Chain Development approach.
Private sector (sustainability) investments (in million euro)Target 2018 1Result 2018 0.272Cumulative target 2020 13.65Cumulative result 2016-2018 8.24
Number of producers/workers/community members trained on key subjects for sustainable production, environmental and social sustainabilityTarget 2018 1.000Result 2018 800Cumulative target 2020 30.000Cumulative result 2016-2018 27.782
Farmland area where trained practices are appliedTarget 2018 500Result 2018 600Cumulative target 2020 25.000Cumulative result 2016-2018 33.273
|A practical guide for integrating data into farmers’ decision making – Lesson from Asia||Toolkit and guide||2020|
|ToR Seafood MAP||Terms of Reference||2020|
|Aquaculture Program in Haiti||Brochure||2019|
|Aquaculture Program in Mozambique||Brochure||2019|
|ToR on successful approaches for data-driven decision making by Asian farmers||Terms of Reference||2019|