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  • Seaweed farming based primarily on the culture of Kappaphycus and Eucheuma species has grown significantly in the Philippines and Indonesia over the last two decades, with growth also taking place at a smaller scale in Tanzania, India and a few other developing countries. Unlike other forms of aquaculture, seaweed farming foregoes the use of feed and fertilizers and has minimum technological and capital requirements. In addition, growout cycles are short, normally lasting less than two months. Given these unique characteristics, seaweed farming has generated substantial socio-economic benefits to marginalized coastal communities in developing countries, most of which have reduced access to alternative economic activities. In some communities, seaweed farming has emerged as the most relevant livelihood strategy. This paper summarizes the findings of a recent FAO review on the social and economic dimensions of seaweed farming in six countries in Asia (the Philippines, Indonesia, India), Africa (Tanzania), Oceania (Solomon Islands), and Latin America (Mexico). Each case study documented the evolution of the farming sector and examined the mix of public sector policies and private sector involvement leading to growth of the activity. Given the rising global demand for seaweed-derived products, seaweed farming has the potential to generate further socio-economic benefits to coastal communities in tropical regions; however, a number of challenges and constraints (some of which are country-specific) will need to be addressed to fully take advantage of these opportunities.
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  • Valderrama, D. Social and Economic Dimensions of Seaweed Farming: A Global Review. In: Visible Possibilities: The Economics of Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Trade: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 16-20, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Edited by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2012.
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