To improve economic resiliency and food security on Majuro atoll through developing the aquaculture sector. To manufacture fish feed, grow fish, and provide training to establish aquaculture farms.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is approximately 112 square kilometers of land spread over more than 1.8 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean. The highest point anywhere on its 1,000 islands and atolls is just
about two meters above sea level. Climate change adversely impacts both food security and livelihoods, as the majority of Marshallese households derive income directly from fisheries, fishing tourism, and subsistence fishing. The
country imports up to 90 percent of its food products, and agricultural inputs annually, and the 2008 economic crisis demonstrated that RMI would have inadequate food supplies in an emergency.
With a grant from the Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM), Aquaculture Technologies of the Marshall Islands (ATMI) will establish alternative, climate-adaptive livelihoods for fishing communities in Majuro atoll. The project will manufacture cost-efficient local fish feed to boost local aquaculture; expand fish production through grow-out in open ocean cages, in order to improve food security; and train the local workforce to establish small aquaculture farms and enhance their livelihoods. Currently, farmers rely heavily on expensive, imported agricultural inputs. The PACAM-funded project will work through a network of small and mid-sized farms and utilize local agricultural products and fish by-products to produce the economical feed for agriculture and aquaculture.
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