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Community based fish culture in seasonal floodplains and irrigation systems


  • Sheriff, N.
  • Joffre, O.
  • Hong, M.C.
  • Barman, B.
  • Haque, A.B.M.
  • Rahman, F.
  • Zhu, J.
  • Nguyen van, H.
  • Russell, A.
  • van Brakel, M.
  • Valmonte-Santos, V.
  • Werthmann, C.
  • Kodio, A.


The overall objective of the project was to enhance fish production from seasonally flooding areas and irrigation systems using a collective approach to fish culture. The project sought to examine the institutions necessary to support community-approaches to fish culture in a range of social, cultural and economic conditions, in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Vietnam and Mali. Technical designs for fish culture were also tested, building on successes achieved in earlier trials in Bangladesh, with an emphasis on adapting the model to develop locally appropriate culture systems. The project showed that the model is able to generate important benefits for communities in Bangladesh, China and Mali, and may have the potential to so in other countries. However, it was found that introducing fish culture into complex and dynamic institutional contexts, whereby open access waters lie over private property required a range of social, environmental and economic conditions to be in place for the adoption and continuance of the fish culture model.

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  • Sheriff, N. & Joffre, O. & Hong, M.C. & Barman, B. & Haque, A.B.M. & Rahman, F. & Zhu, J. & Nguyen van, H. & Russell, A. & van Brakel, M. & Valmonte-Santos, V. & Werthmann, C. & Kodio, A., 2010. "Community based fish culture in seasonal floodplains and irrigation systems," Working Papers, The WorldFish Center, number 39598, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfi:wfbook:39598

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    4. Rahman, M.F. & Barman, B.K. & Van Brakel, M. & Dewan, S., 2010. "Impacts of technological interventions on fish production and biodiversity of seasonal floodplains in Bangladesh," Working Papers, The WorldFish Center, number 39037, September.
    5. Toufique, Kazi Ali & Gregory, Rick, 2008. "Common waters and private lands: Distributional impacts of floodplain aquaculture in Bangladesh," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(6), pages 587-594, December.
    6. Quy-Toan Do & Lakshmi Iyer, 2008. "Land Titling and Rural Transition in Vietnam," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 56, pages 531-579.
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    1. Dey, Madan M. & Spielman, David J. & Haque, A.B.M.M. & Rahman, M.S. & Valmonte-Santos, R., 2013. "Change and diversity in smallholder rice–fish systems: Recent evidence and policy lessons from Bangladesh," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 108-117.

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    Fish culture; Flood plains; Inland fisheries; Irrigation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q00 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - General


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