A ground-breaking aquaponics research project has been launched to help Rwandan farmers to improve their livelihoods and levels of nutrition.
Led by researchers from the Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development at the University of the West of Scotland (CAREED UWS), it aims to increase in productivity in the sector by 50 percent.
The team hopes that it could help as many as 80,000 farmers across 2,000 farms to reduce food shortages within 10 years.
CAREED UWS and social enterprise collaborators NjordFrey, who are based in Rwanda, were recently awarded a grant of £283,774 by the Department for International Development (DFID)/Innovate-UK for the 18-month feasibility study.
They hope it will also spark long-term, sustainable economic growth in a country where over a third of the population experiences food insecurity.