Amazon Fish for Food (CIFSRF Phase 2)

The Bolivian Amazon is home to many of South America's poorest and most food insecure people. They have limited options for sustainable and equitable livelihoods. This project will aim to influence food insecurity by increasing productivity, income, and fish consumption in the area. Fisheries management and aquaculture farming Amazon fish are an underused resource that can improve food security options for the poor. This project aims to increase sustainable fisheries management practices in indigenous communities in Bolivia's Amazon basin. It will also expand the aquaculture farms that women primarily manage. Researchers from Bolivia and Canada will implement a targeted market and business development strategy. Previous research showed that privately owned small aquaculture ventures could be self-sustained if entrepreneurs have access to technical assistance and financial services. The research team will draw from the private sector's expertise and resources to implement effective business methods and tools, and build targeted financial instruments for smallholders. Family-based businesses will benefit directly from the project through new market opportunities, commercial training, and access to micro-credits. Increasing production and commercial value The project will affect different dimensions of food security. It is expected to double the production of paiche (Arapaima gigas), an introduced species with high commercial value. It will also increase aquaculture production (90% pacu and 10% other species) in the project's focus regions. At least 2,200 poor families will increase their income and up to 20,000 people will have a more diverse diet as a result of introducing high-quality fish meat. Improving governance and financial support The project team will share research results with its broad network of public and private decision-makers at the local and national levels. Previous research has demonstrated that scaling up takes place within organizational and institutional environments that enable it. The project team will act as an advisory platform that feeds into Bolivia's national fishery and aquaculture management policies. This strong partnership of two Canadian institutions and four Bolivian organizations includes universities, NGOs, and private sector organizations. Other specific objectives include: -Increase livelihoods through small-scale family-based aquaculture -Improve fish marketing strategies and enhance fish quality -Facilitate a good governance environment for the development of sustainable small-scale fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Bolivia -Develop and test financial support mechanisms to scale-up small family-based entrepreneurship in fisheries and aquaculture -Improve understanding of how this work can affect people's livelihoods and food security, and what barriers exist for greater participation among women and the poor This project is funded under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), a program of IDRC undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD).

Project ID

107985

Project status

Active

Start Date

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Delphine Larrousse

Total funding

CA$ 4,998,617

Country(s)

Bolivia

Project Leader

Paul A. Van Damme

Institution

Asociación Faunagua (AFA)

Institution Country

Bolivia

Institution Website

http://www.faunagua.org

Project Leader

Joachim Carolsfeld

Project Leader

Monica McIsaac

Institution

World Fisheries Trust

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.worldfish.org

Project Leader

Widen Abastoflor Sauma

Institution

Centro de Promoción Agropecuaria Campesina

Institution Country

Bolivia

Institution Website

http://www.cepac.org.bo

Project Leader

Julio Alem Rojo

Institution

Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo Regional

Institution Country

Bolivia

Institution Website

http://www.cidre.org.bo

Project Leader

Luis Enrique Badani Fernandez

Project Leader

María Silvana Olmos Peredo

Institution

Ingeniería Marketing Gestión Consulting S.R.L. or I.M.G. Consulting S.R.L.

Institution Country

Bolivia

Institution Website

http://www.img.com.bo

Project Leader

Mark Flaherty

Institution

University of Victoria

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.uvic.ca