Access to the latest technology and practices for aquaculture farmers in developing countries remains a challenge due to a lack of information, training and capital. With 90 percent of the world’s aquaculture taking place in developing countries it is essential that these farms are productive, economically and environmentally sustainable, and that farmers can benefit from the latest technological and scientific advances.
As with other forms of agriculture many aquaculture farms also suffer from inefficient storage, logistics and management, which reduces their ability to maximise productivity. Not having easy and reliable access to markets, both domestic and international, reduces the economic benefits for local communities.
Introduce new designs, methodologies, products and other innovations that are financially and environmentally sustainable, scalable, and will dramatically improve the efficiency of aquaculture farms thereby improving productivity, livelihoods, and market value. Solutions must be an entire aquaculture system design and they must decrease the total system loss compared to benchmarked systems (entries must compare system to status quo even if the solution is novel). These designs could support the uptake of the latest aquaculture farm designs, but in a cost-effective and culturally suitable way for subsistence farmers and small to medium sized aquaculture enterprises in developing countries. Such design improvements may also include improvements in access to a market for their produce, including mechanisms, processes or technologies that can improve post-farm gate activities (i.e. finance, distribution and transport) of aquaculture products.
Examples of potential solutions
- Simple and easy to deploy aquaculture farm designs eg. ‘Farm in a box’.
- Farm system designs for farming of low trophic-level fish species, algae, invertebrates, or species that have a high feed conversion ratio.
- Solutions that eliminate water pollution and work to build up natural capital rather than degrade it.
- Online tools that connect aquaculture farmers with distributors and markets, or improve the efficacy of supply chains within local, regional, national or international markets.