Small-scale aquaculture in rural development (2020 updated version)

I delivered this lecture in a regional short-term training courses held in Egypt during March 2020 and organized by the Egyptian International Centre for Agriculture (EICA) and titled “Small-scale aquaculture”. The course hosted 25 participants from 21 African countries.

The lecture starts with an overview on the features of rural communities focusing whenever applicable on fish consumption. The items needed for the promotion has been addressed including appropriate technologies, selected species, labor, credit when required and others. The introductory part has been followed by examples of small-scale projects especially those integrated with other agricultural crops or livestock.

The adoption curve in rural community has been addressed. Moreover, a proposed criterion of small-scale aquaculture has been discussed. The lecture addressed the promotion strategy and the importance of initial success as well as the sustainability beyond the promotion program. The Special issues have been emphasized in the lecture including extension service, project planning, environmental concerns, subsidies and others.

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