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Poverty eradication through Aquaculture

Poverty eradication through Aquaculture

Aquaculture is one of the world’s fastest growing food production sectors and plays an important role in global food security by providing a source of protein.

Project leader

Professor Selina Stead


January 2009 to December 2012

Project staff

Dr Matt Slater


Leverhulme Trust


University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Prof. Yunus D Mgaya

Gavin Johnston and Georgi Robinson, HIK Ltd, South Africa

University of Aas, Norway

Prof. Ian Bryceson


This project set-out to develop community-led aquaculture. This was in coastal communities dependent on declining fisheries in Tanzania.

The project recognised that many aquaculture development programmes have failed.

This was due to a lack of local involvement from the start. It was also due to a lack of investment in infrastructure.

This successful project developed an adaptive learning framework. It documented the process so that lessons learned and the approach adopted is useful worldwide.

The project conducted socio-economic research to collect knowledge about drivers influencing local livelihoods. It helped to understand how to develop sustainable and viable aquaculture.

The project team comprised of:

  • local stakeholders
  • private enterprise business partners
  • social, environmental and economic scientists

The learning framework outcome is a participatory process. It optimises sustainable sea cucumber, 'sandfish' (Holothuria scabra) aquaculture. It takes into account local conditions, cultures and practices.