Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia

May 04, 2016
Paul A. Van Damme, Carlos Carrafa, and Joachim Carolsfeld

​Fish are an important source of protein, micronutrients, and fatty acids, and have great potential to improve food security and rural livelihoods. Bolivia, a country without access to the sea, has one of the lowest rates of fish consumption in the world despite the high potential for fisheries and fish culture in the Amazon.

To increase fish consumption and to make better use of the fisheries and aquaculture potential, the Bolivian government created the National Program for Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2013. 

Between 2011 and 2014, the “Peces para la Vida” alliance evaluated the potential contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to food security, recommended best practices, implemented pilot projects, and proposed development strategies for fisheries and aquaculture.

Read the project recommendations: Fisheries, aquaculture and living well in Bolivia: contributions to food security (PDF, 302KB)

La pesca, la acuicultura y el vivir bien en Bolivia: contribuciones para la seguridad alimentaria (Spanish, PDF, 287KB )

This document is part of the Stories of Change series that shares some of the emerging outcomes from research supported in Latin America and the Caribbean by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund, a program of Canada's International Development Research Centre, undertaken with financial support from the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada.