Summary: 

This booklet provides basic and practical information on multiple-use smallholder farm ponds. Its aim is to promote ponds as a diversification enterprise. It describes what should be considered to make pond-based farm enterprises successful and sustainable as a business. Information is provided on the role of organizations, public, private and donor, in promoting farm ponds, opportunities for and pitfalls to providing assistance, direct and indirect support required, and the strategic and technical challenges of making farmers self-reliant or at least less dependent. It suggests ways by which smallholder farmers can participate in the market economy through better market access and outlines strategies to attract the private sector to do business with them. This Diversification booklet is not a 'how to' manual, numerous publications are available providing detailed farm pond rearing techniques, many of which are cited in the further reading section. This booklet is based on and is a continuation of the FAO publication 'Small ponds make a big difference', published in the year 2000.

Authors: 
Miller James W.
Publisher: 
Rome FAO IT
Date: 
2009
Language: 
EN
Section: 
Noord-Zuidrelaties - landbouw
Location: 
LAN-E5