WorldFish Project Promotes Climate-Smart Aquaculture in Bangladesh

February 2013: A new project funded by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and based on research findings from a WorldFish review of climate change adaptation programmes, will focus on improving the resilience of canal systems and pond polycultures in four communities in Bangladesh.

The project, Climate Smart Management of Aquatic Agriculture Farm Ecosystems in Coastal Regions of Bangladesh, focuses on villages on the southwest coast of the country and builds on participatory research approaches to identify the unique local food security and climate change challenges facing each community.

Some of the techniques that will be employed include, Farmer Field Schools on climate-smart farming systems, water management strategies and new innovations, activities to reduce dependency on single crops farming, and approaches to grow crops in increasingly saline environments. The project will also contribute to filling existing gaps in weather forecasting in the region and explore opportunities to employ index-based insurance.

The project runs from 15 May 2012 to 30 November 2014. WorldFish and IWMI are members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [WorldFish Project Description]