‘I can’t catch enough fish’: Balancing water needs for farmers and fishers in Myanmar
In Myanmar, rice is seen as the main staple food and irrigation infrastructure has expanded to boost its production. But these systems continue to be designed and managed without considering the potential impacts on inland fisheries, which is harming river health and reducing fisheries production. That’s the finding of new research—by Charles Sturt University, FISH led by WorldFish, Flora and Fauna International, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, and Hull International Fisheries Institute. It calls for a more holistic approach to the planning of irrigation systems to ensure sustainable rice production and inland fisheries.