About the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP)
With a coastline of nearly 2,000 km, several large estuarine delta systems as well as permanent and seasonal freshwater bodies of a total of 82,000 km2, Myanmar provides habitats for a considerable diversity of aquatic species. Fisheries and aquaculture
account for the main source of animal protein and micronutrients in domestic diets. The sector directly employs approx. 3 million. people and provides livelihoods for up to 15 million. Amid the recent return to international markets, the country’s rich aquatic resources offer many opportunities for a thriving economy to create jobs and export earnings.
However, due to unsustainable management of marine and inland fisheries, wild stocks have rapidly declined over the past decades. This significantly threatens both nutrition and income particularly in rural areas, where 70% of the population lives. Myanmar is among 24 “high-burden” countries, ranked by the largest number of chronically malnourished children under the age of five.
Therefore, aquaculture development has become a priority area for the Myanmar Government, which recently launched a large-scale campaign to tackle malnutrition.
Jointly implemented by the Myanmar Department of Fisheries (DoF) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) works to intensify aquaculture in a sustainable way. With the European Union as the main funding agency followed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, MYSAP will work with all members of aquaculture value chains. This includes farmers, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Government and Non-Governmental Organizations, the private sector, academia and other stakeholders.
MYSAP’s main partners are WorldFish, NIRAS/IP Consult/Solidaridad, GOPA/COFAD/IETS, the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) and the Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF).
MYSAP seeks to support the sustainable intensification of the aquaculture sector, thereby realizing its potential for food security, nutrition and livelihoods. MYSAP consists of four main result areas including cross-cutting issues such as promoting gender equality, inclusive-ness, decent work standards as well as adaption to climate change.