IDRC Project: Scaling-up Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Sri Lanka


The Government of Sri Lanka is increasingly emphasizing aquaculture development as a means to foster rural development, alleviate poverty, and increase food security. A two-year IDRC-funded project identified challenges to the sustainable management of aquaculture, including poor knowledge mobilization and low connectivity, particularly for smallholder farmers. Pilot interventions tested the effectiveness of mobile short text messaging to disseminate information to farmers and others in the aquaculture industry. Building on this project, researchers will test three ways of scaling-up smallholder aquaculture development in the northwestern, northern, and eastern provinces. The project will target farmers involved in shrimp and oyster cultivation, as well as fish farmers, particularly women who play a large role in the industry.

First, they will assess ways of increasing knowledge connectivity among women and men farmers using different information and communication technologies, such as mobile phones and a web-based platform. The project will also test the efficacy of different governance models for sustainable aquaculture management, to understand which institutional partnerships work best for knowledge mobilization. Third, the project will find ways to overcome factors currently limiting sustainable production, namely the supply of fingerlings for culture-based fisheries and capacity for early diagnosis of shrimp diseases.

The project will directly reach about 2,000 smallholder aquaculture farmers or 75% of the households engaged in aquaculture. It is expected that this will increase production and income for farmers by 25%.

Start Date 07/15/2013
Duration 14 month(s)
Area Under Study Asia, South Asia, Sri Lanka
Responsible Officer Ahmed, Sara
Total Funding $410,300.00

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka

Institution Address Administration Building Lional, Jayathilake Mawatha Kurunegala, Kuliyapitiya LK
Institution Website
Component Name Wayamba
Researcher Name Dr Sam Daniel
Researcher Role CP-PROJ CO-LEADER
Researcher Name Prof. Sunil Jayakody
Researcher Role CP-PROJ LEADER

British Columbia Aquatic Food Resources Society

Institution Address Suite 125 887 Great Northern Way Vancouver, BC CA
Component Name British Colombia
Researcher Name Tim DeJager
Researcher Role CP-PROJ LEADER