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Achieving Zero Poverty with Aquaculture

Achieving Zero Poverty with Aquaculture

  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 14: Life below Water
  • Partnered with: University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; HIK Ltd, South Africa; University of Aas, Norway
  • Region: Tanzania

Global food security could be achieved through sustainable aquaculture tailored to the needs of communities to produce food and create sustainable livelihoods, but programmes in the past have failed because of lack of local involvement and infrastructure.

How we are meeting this challenge

  • The project conducted socio-economic research on the drivers influencing local livelihoods for developing sustainable and viable aquaculture.
  • Identified the sea cucumber as a species with high market value which can be produced sustainably by communities in Tanzania.
  • Focused on the technical as well as socioeconomic feasibility of sea cucumber aquaculture in Tanzania.

Who will benefit

Aquaculture has the potential to both feed and create livelihoods for communities in Tanzania and other countries. But to make this viable requires engagement with the communities themselves. This involves understanding their social networks and socioeconomic drivers for aquaculture to create sustainable livelihoods.

The project led by Professor Selina Stead worked with communities in Tanzania to look at their willingness to consider aquaculture as a source of livelihood. It also addressed the gap between people and policy in making global food security a reality.

The project benefited communities by raising awareness of the potential for sea cucumber aquaculture to provide sustainable livelihoods in Tanzania. The project developed a hatchery for juvenile sea-cumber aquaculture, amongst other outcomes.

It established a learning framework for 'optimising sea cucumber aquaculture' linked to local conditions, values and culture. The project also promoted a form of aquaculture that has minimal impact on 'life below water'.

Project team

  • Professor Tony Roskilly, Newcastle University
  • Dr Eric Ruto, Newcastle University
  • University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • HIK Ltd, South Africa
  • University of Aas, Norway

Let's work together

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