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Aquaculture to tackle poverty and malnutrition in Timor-Leste

The Strategy aims to raise annual per capita consumption of fish from 6 to 15 kg by 2020 (© Jharendu Pant/WorldFish)
The Strategy aims to raise annual per capita consumption of fish from 6 to 15 kg by 2020
© Jharendu Pant/WorldFish

The government of Timor-Leste has developed a National Aquaculture Development Strategy, with the help of WorldFish, to reduce high levels of poverty and chronic malnutrition. The Strategy focuses on building new infrastructure and technical expertise to support aquaculture enterprises. "Aquaculture contributes to food and nutrition security and resilience, diversification of livelihoods of inland and coastal communities, and economic growth in Timor-Leste," explains the Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Excellency Mariano Assanami Sabino.

By increasing the supply of fish, which will lower the price and make it more affordable, the Strategy aims to raise annual per capita consumption of fish from 6 to 15 kg by 2020. The government is also keen to support income and job opportunities through the development of environmentally and economically sustainable fish farms and markets. "Increasing the average per capita fish consumption by 2020 will lead to a reduction in malnutrition rates and improved food and nutrition security. Aquaculture will increase the number of men, women and children in poor and vulnerable household deriving direct nutrition, food and income benefits from fish," Assanami concludes.

Date published: May 2013

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