Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST)
The project aims to promote increased access to “seed” fish and feed, and will strengthen all links in the value chain from hatcheries to fish producers and buyers and distributors.
- Donor: USDA
- Funded: $0.65 M
- Project Duration: 2018 – 2023
- Partner: Sustainable Intensification and Innovation Lab implemented by Kansa State University, Auburn University, World Vision, CE SAIN/RUA, UBB.
The U.S. government is funding over $17 million to increase the growth and development of freshwater aquaculture in Cambodia. The CAST Project is a 5-years project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program, aligns with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Strategic Plan for Aquaculture Development. The project is partnering with Kansas State University, Auburn University, American Soybean Association and World Vision. It will promote increased access to “seed” fish and feed, and will strengthen all links in the value chain from hatcheries to fish producers and buyers and distributors. Cambodia will benefit from increased confidence and access to high-quality fish grown in Cambodia, produced and handled with proper standards. CE SAIN through American Soybean Association of CAST has rehabilitated aquaculture ponds in the Agricultural Technology Parks in Kampong Thom, Battambang and Phnom Penh (at RUA campus). All ponds are used for applied research, teaching and extension including an aquaculture certification course being developed at RUA.