Senior expert on ‘ecological intensification of aquaculture’


This senior expert programme with WorldFish contributes to the priority knowledge domains of ‘Agriculture for Nutrition and Health’ and ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’. In part, research within Cluster 2 of the Fish CRP builds on the NWO-WOTRO ‘Nutritious pond’ project idea to develop feeding concepts whereby the role of natural food in ponds is enhanced. The role of natural feeds is enhanced while using local feed ingredients and replacing more expensive or less sustainable ingredients like fish meal in the diet. The basic idea is that feeds should be formulated considering not only the needs of the culture species, but also the needs of the pond ecosystem. A well-functioning pond also supplies essential nutrients to the culture species, providing consumers with save and healthy products. Poor or vulnerable households engaged in aquaculture rely on ponds and thus can benefit from nutritious aquafeeds.
Extra time with WorldFish of the senior expert will be used to guide research set-up, execution and data analysis. By providing an overview of all nutritious pond research, results will be put in context, and priorities for further actions will be set. Basic research will be executed by newly attracted staff and PhD students. Research outcomes will be shared with stakeholders through innovation platforms and influence innovation cycles, the latter feeding into new research. Nutritious feed concepts will be locally tested in Bangladesh (focal country) and scaling-up countries (Indonesia, Egypt and Zambia), reaching out to poor small-scale farmers. Cooperation with the RICE and RTB CRPs will also be explored.


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Main applicant

Dr. M.C.J. Verdegem

Affiliated with

Wageningen University & Research, Dierwetenschappen, Aquacultuur en visserij


01/02/2019 to 15/01/2022