Small Fish Farms Increase Incomes, Improve Diets of Families Affected by HIV/AIDS in Malawi, Review Says
August 21, 2007
Small fish farms in Malawi have helped 1,200 impoverished families affected by HIV/AIDS in rural areas of the country increase their incomes and improve their diets, according to a project review released Monday, Reuters reports. Many families involved in the project -- managed by the Malaysia-based, not-for-profit WorldFish Center -- are headed by widows or grandparents caring for children who have been orphaned by AIDS.
Stephen Hall, director-general of WorldFish, said, "These small fish points offer tremendous benefits to struggling farming families in rural Africa whose many challenges have been greatly compounded by AIDS." WorldFish is backed by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and World Vision. About one in five adults in Malawi is living with HIV/AIDS, and tens of thousands of the country's 12 million residents die annually from AIDS-related illness, Reuters reports (Doyle, Reuters, 8/19).
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