Fisheries and aquaculture for food security


Fisheries and Aquaculture for Food Security in Indonesia

The FAFI project was implemented from 2014-2018 to enhance the availability and accessibility of safe and quality fish and fish products for the Indonesian consumers. Effective training tools developed included the Go-Fish! card game, a board game, an energiser and team building booklet and short videos.

Knowledge institutes, policy makers and practitioners worked together to address impediments in the capture fisheries and aquaculture fish value chain. Project pilot sites were located in Java, South Kalimantan and on Belitung island. The project was funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation acted as the Implementing Agency.

What we did

  • Capacity of fishermen, auctioneers and traders in good handling practices on board of a vessel, during landing, transport and marketing was strengthened.
  • Small-scale fish farmers were introduced to better fish feeds, better quality of fingerlings and brood stock and water-saving aquaculture techniques.
  • More efficient distribution channels for fish and fish products to domestic markets and supermarkets have been rolled out.
  • Local fish processors and SMEs have been introduced to innovative fish product design and alternative processing techniques.
  • Quality control management of fish and fish products and combatting the use of hazardous chemicals in fish preservation has been invested in.
  • Analytical, validation and screening skills of laboratory technicians (public and private sector) and capacity in traceability have been improved.
  • Helped consumers to understand the health benefits of eating fish and fish products.

FAFI tools for learning

Value chain action and interventions require collaboration to jointly find and experiment with innovative solutions and learn together to achieve structural change in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. To trigger learning, innovation and knowledge exchange, FAFI invested extensively in the empowerment of people acting in different stages in the value chain. Capacity development was integrated in the project from the start, building on existing local knowledge, structures and processes.

Trainees were offered the opportunity to learn new technical knowledge and skills but also to develop their competences to train others. This training of trainers approach included development of quality training material suitable to the needs expressed by stakeholders working in the fish value chains. A card game, posters, a board game, three short videos and a booklet with icebreakers, energisers and teambuilding exercises, have been produced. All FAFI tools are inspired by the experiences and ideas of people engaged in FAFI training events and write shops.

The FAFI tools aim to deepen the understanding about technical fisheries and aquaculture related topics, but are also designed for use in training events to create a relaxed atmosphere, enliven sessions, encourage participation and stimulate sharing. They are available in English and Bahasa. Each game includes an instruction on how it can best be used.

Go-Fish! card game

Everything you need to know about farming, handling and eating fish. Playing Go-Fish! will test your knowledge and help you learn key fisheries and aquaculture facts.

Four posters accompany the Go-Fish! card game showing all the cards.

Download the game!


Poster aquaculture FAFI

Download the poster Aquaculture

Poster Capture Fisheries FAFI

Download the poster Capture fisheries

Poster Food safety FAFI

Download the poster Capture fisheries

Poster Food security FAFI

Download the poster Food security

Energiser Booklet

30 enjoyable, simple icebreakers, energisers and team building exercises for facilitators to energise participants, engage them in dialogue and stimulate learning.

Download the Energiser Booklet

Board game 'Myth and Facts'

Board game with 25 cards with myths and facts about eating fish and seafood during pregnancy.

Short video's

Three educational videos to kick-start discussions and inspire change in fish farming and fish handling practices.

The videos encourage viewers to imagine how they would respond to similar situations in the real world. The videos can be played on mobile devices and watched in rural settings.

‘A fish farmers road to success’

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This video shows the role that good extension services can play to improve the livelihoods of small scale fish farmers in Indonesia.

‘Wisdom of a fish seller’

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This video shows that it pays off to handle fish well in the market place; use of ice, good hygiene & sanitation and careful handling will keep the quality of the fish and benefit the seller financially.

‘If fish could talk’

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This video shows the impact that handling practices of fish in the different steps of the value chain can have on the quality and safety of the fish ending up on the consumers plate.

The video is not in any way intended to reflect the common handling practices at fishing ports around Indonesia.

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