With nearly 70% of fisheries outputs from aquaculture, Indonesia is the world’s second-largest seafood producer and is responsible for 75% of global cultivated seaweed production. That said, of 258 million Indonesians, i.e., 11.2% are still living below the national poverty line. Small producers in the coastal areas undertake over 90% of the fish, shellfish, and seaweed farming.
These producers continue to face challenges to improve their livelihood and economic well-being. The impact of volatile weather such as high winds and waves, flooding, high tides, drought, and unpredictable rains are drastically altering the saline content of seaweed beds and ponds and damaging equipment. CDF Canada is helping farmers adopt resilient seaweed varieties and employ more sustainable infrastructure to adapt to the challenges presented by climate change.
CDF Canada, MI, and local partner Kospermindo is helping farmers improve seaweed production, adopt resilient seaweed varieties, and employ more sustainable infrastructure, including environmentally-friendly floats. These practical skills and inputs are helping women and men seaweed farmers adapt to the many challenges of climate change.
The project works directly with women and men small aquaculture producers to increase the quality and quantity of climate-smart production, access to financial services, and access to markets through their co-operatives.
In addition, CDF Canada is strengthening the institutional capacity of new and existing co-operatives and farmers’ groups to help them become sustainable, profitable, and gender-equitable businesses that provide better services to their members.
Finally, we are working with the government, private companies, business associations, and other stakeholders to strengthen networks and enable a conducive environment and supply chains for better livelihoods for women and men small aquaculture producers.