Capacity building and training
Capacity building is a cross cutting theme which is one of the major elements for sustainable development. The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department undertakes capacity building activities for marine and inland fisheries as well as aquaculture. These include provision of training courses within Technical Cooperation Projects (TCPs), preparation of training materials (e.g. simple methods in aquaculture series, disease diagnostic guides, surveillance methods, extension manuals, technical manuals, etc.), awareness raising through training/workshops, financial and technical support to existing training programmes carried out by partner institutions and custom training courses on specific topics.
Training and extension material, guidelines and participatory approaches
The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department is working towards strengthening the capacity of men and women in fishing communities – particulary small-scale fisheries – in the promotion and use of sustainable, cost efficient and safe fishing operations and methods, their enhanced participation in fisheries and coastal management and socio-economic development, disaster preparedness and training, extension and information dissemination. These are being done through the development of guidelines and extension materials and the promotion of participatory approaches through their demonstration and pilot testing together with stakeholders.