As the second-most important food after rice, fish is an essential component of the diet in Myanmar, where per capita fish consumption is over 25 kg and the preference is for freshwater fish. Domestic fish demand is growing whereas capture fisheries is declining. FISH assists government institutions and national and international organizations with this process of adjustment. Our integrated research agenda is being developed and carried out in collaboration with our Myanmar partners and focuses on the two interlinked challenges of sustainable production from aquaculture and small-scale fisheries, with crosscutting themes of nutrition, gender, youth, climate change and entrepreneurship.
There are real opportunities in Myanmar to bring fisheries, agriculture and irrigation entities together to improve land and water use under rice-fish systems. The outcomes of improved resource management will contribute to the availability of quality fish with better human nutrition, poverty alleviation and value chain employment options for women and youths in rural communities.
- Michael Akester, Country Director, Myanmar