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Fish, roots, tubers and bananas: opportunities and constraints for agri-food system integration

Fish, roots, tubers and bananas: opportunities and constraints for agri-food system integration

Atkins, Molly, Byrd, Kendra A., Pincus, Lauren, Naziri, Diego ORCID: 0000-0002-8078-5033, Agboola, Jeleel Opeyemi and Yossa, Rodrigue (2020) Fish, roots, tubers and bananas: opportunities and constraints for agri-food system integration. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 18 (4). pp. 334-350. ISSN 1473-5903 (Print), 1747-762X (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/14735903.2020.1776815)

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Abstract

Agri-food system integration has the potential to increase and add value to agricultural production, reduce cost of and dependency on external inputs, generate additional income to farmers, and encourage the diversification of outputs and diets. Agri-food system integrations such as livestock-fish, poultry-fish, crop-livestock and rice-fish farming have been well documented in academic literature. However, information on fish and root, tuber and banana (RTB) crops integration is scarcely available, despite their worldwide cultural, dietary, and economic importance. This article, which is informed by a narrative literature review and ground-truthing through key informant interviews, documents existing linkages between two agri-food systems – fish and RTB – and identifies opportunities and challenges for strengthening their integration. We found that recorded instances of fish-RTB integration are limited and predominantly discuss production-related activities. Nevertheless, initial evidence suggests that there are important livelihood-enhancing opportunities as well as environmental, nutrition and food-security related benefits, which need to be considered. These include the potential to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable populations and lower the cost of fish production and thus improve the livelihoods of small-scale fish farmers. Further field-based research is recommended to explore these outcomes in more detail.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: integrated agriculture-aquaculture, agri-food systems, roots, tubers, bananas, nutrition, fish feed, nutrition-sensitive programmes
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 10:33
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28569

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