Connecting local responses around the world
Background - Solomon Islands.
100% of the population lives within 100km of the coast. Subsistence agriculture is the main livelihood for the rural coastal households engaging 70% of the women and 50% of the men. Almost a quarter of the population faces difficulties meeting basic needs and many others are vulnerable to rising food prices , declining incomes, and effects of climate change.
World Fish Solomon Island key Focus areas include:
World Fish/Constellation Partnership: AAS Competence Development in the Solomon Islands:
The Constellation in partnership with the World Fish Centre, is implementing the project – Towards Competent Communities in Aquatic Agricultural Systems in Bangladesh, Zambia and the Solomon islands. The project commenced in April 2004. The overarching objective of this collaboration is to work towards greater empowerment of communities dependent on Aquatic Agricultural System and to invest in long term development.
The specific objectives are to identify and implement joint Research in development approaches through the CGIAR Research program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems(AAS); build community capacity to lead Research and Development initiatives in the places where they farm, fish and sustainably manage their Aqua-Culture natural resources; and strengthen capacity among CGIAR staff/ Partners working within this Community settings.
In the Solomon Island, a 3 day learning event (28-30, August 2012) on community engagement through CLCP was organised by World fish and facilitated by the Constellation Coaches. The event brought together 9 World fish staff to help strengthen AAS rollout process at the Country level through CLCP.
The Learning Event helped generate three Concrete Outcomes;
Below are key reflections during the learning the Learning Event;
‘It was a great week; the approach on community engagement was well introduced. It now makes sense to me and our research and Development work in Solomon’s. We are happy the Constellation came in at last to help Solomonise the approach’ – Anna, Senior Research Scientist and AAS program leader – Solomon Island.
‘Our minds are wide open now, we have seen how CLCP could be integrated into our Research program, how it can add value into our ways of working and further help us get validation of our Research agenda by the communities themselves’ – Zelda Hilly, Research Analyst – Western Province.
WF staff general reflection on CLCP process;