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Developing Countries Urged to Work Together

by the Fish Site Editor
11 February 2010, at 12:00am

PHILIPPINES - Developing countries have been encouraged to join forces to protect their aquaculture businesses from the looming threats of climate change.

The Philippine Department of Agriculture said that the WorldFish Center and the Bureau of Agricultural Research have forged ties for "a capacity-building programme specifically intended for the Philippines’ Regional Fisheries Research and Development Centers (RFRDC) managers."

The WorldFish Center is one of the 15-member centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.

A report in Business World On-Linesays the group’s mission is reducing poverty and hunger through research-for-development initiatives to improve the small-scale fisheries and aquaculture sector.

One of its approaches is to encourage countries to work together on shared problems like threats from climate change. It also broadens opportunities for researchers working in developing countries.

These collaborating countries could help each other develop their capacity to generate, manage and use R&D to address their specific needs.

The Philippines -- like its neighboring countries Thailand and Vietnam -- are at the center of this threat because majority of the citizens depend on aquaculture and fisheries for their livelihood, the report says.

the Fish Site Editor