Aquaculture for African Smallholders

In drought prone Malawi, integrated fishponds on farms had the effect of improving household incomes by an average of 600%. Ponds could yield up to 1500 kg/ha/yr of tilapia. Fish polycultures can significantly improve pond productivity when fish with complimentary diets are cultured together.

 

 

Link
http://www.worldfishcenter.org/libinfo/Pdf/Pub%20TR4%2046.pdf
Reference
Brummett RE and Noble R. 1995. Aquaculture for African Smallholders. Penang: Juta Print.
World Region
Country
Malawi
Locale
Chinseu, Zomba District
Scalable or transferable lessons
Farmer to farmer transmission was important in the spread of information, but was slowed in the presence of an active extension service.
Farming Systems
Farms with integrated fishponds
Drivers
Project
Constraint
Poverty; social constraints to consuming fish from ponds fertilized with manure from pigs; mistrust of government reducing the effectiveness of extension efforts; fear of waterborne diseases
Additional information
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