Recently, a group of researchers from the Centre for Social and Economic Development (CESD) conducted a rapid assessment study of aquaculture in Maubin and Twante townships in Ayeyarwaddy region as a part of its engagement with the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Program (MYSAP). During the study researchers tried to identify the different components and characteristics of the aquaculture value chain by conducting focus groups and field visits. The researchers also had the chance to interact with fish farmers and fish pond owners thereby identifying some of the key challenges and issues that are being faced by them. All of the information gathered will be useful when the CESD is drafting the National Aquaculture Development Plan (NADP).
The CESD has also supported the technical launch of the MYSAP as well as having organized the First NADP Dialogue that was held earlier this year at Naypyitaw that witnessed the participation of the Vice President, Myint Swe as well as Ambassadors from the European Union and Germany besides other stakeholders who stressed that the project would provide food security and economic opportunities to the Myanmar people besides the need to increase institutional capacity and production capacity while promoting nutrition and maintaining environmental sustainability which also correlated with the mandate and aims of the MYSAP and NADP overall.