ASA/WISHH’s CAST-Cambodia Project Begins Process of Training Aquaculture Farmers, Businesses

Oct 10, 2019

(From left)  General Director of the Cambodian government’s Fisheries Administration H.E. Eng Cheasan, WISHH's James Bernhardt and Jim Hershey consult an informative poster identifying scores of the hundreds of species of fish that are native to Cambodia, only a fraction of which are raised commercially.

ASA’s WISHH program began the process of training 200 Cambodian farmers and businesses in the fish production and marketing industries last month. The training is part of the USDA Food for Progress funded Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) project, which is designed to accelerate production of high-demand fish species for the Cambodian market and develop a lasting aquaculture industry that recognizes the value of soy protein in feed.

This October marked the beginning of CAST’s second year, and the launch of training activities designed to impact all aspects of the aquaculture value chain—including 600 commercial fish farmers, input suppliers and the buyers of farmers’ fish production.

WISHH Director of Monitoring and Evaluation James Bernhardt visited Cambodia in September, assessing the completion of the baseline study WISHH will use to measure progress. CAST Chief of Party Jim Hershey leads WISHH’s aquaculture efforts in Cambodia.