Promoting Rural Income from Sustainable Aquaculture through Social Learning in Sri Lanka (CIFSRF)

Sri Lanka is looking toward aquaculture for rural economic diversification and increased food production, especially in the northern and eastern provinces recently liberated from civil conflict. While aquaculture holds promise as a food security strategy, it needs to be managed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Knowledge of alternative production options is critical to ensure that aquaculture successfully contributes to sustainable rural livelihoods.

This project aims to find innovative ways of delivering market, technology and environmental information to smallholders emerging from a conflict situation. Households headed by women (widows) are of particular concern, since most women have limited income earning opportunities, education or skills. Researchers will conduct a gender-sensitive analysis of the current knowledge network used to inform aquaculture practices and design improved delivery systems for government programs. They will test methods for gathering and sharing lessons through farmer-government-academic networks. And, they will explore the role of women as community conduits for applying and sustaining extension lessons.

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Start Date

Sunday, August 1, 2010

End Date

Friday, February 1, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Ahmed, Sara

Total funding

CA$ 929,450


Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

Project Leader

Prof. D.S Jayakody

Project Leader

Dr. Sam Daniel


Wayamba University of Sri Lanka

Institution Country

Sri Lanka

Institution Website

Project Leader

Dr. Craig Stephen


Governors of The University of Calgary

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Institution Website