This project proposes to develop and pilot test a vocational based, tiered training curriculum that will eventually accessible to all. The curriculum will be interactive and portable, and will contribute to creating a global community of practitioners to share experience, learning, and best practice training. Those practitioners whose crops are traded on the international market will gain market access through higher quality products, while retailers and buyers will gain a committed community of quality producers. Ultimately, this will enable the rapidly growing aquaculture sector evolve widespread systems that ensure environmentally, socially, and economically responsible, viable production.
This project establishes and tests the groundwork of that global community platform. It will design an on-line education platform that is suited to the needs of a global audience and tailored to meet the diversity of that audience in regards to education, location, language, and ability to connect electronically. In this project, that training platform will be tailored for Vietnam to impart best practices to manage the disease Early Mortality Syndrome, which has devastated shrimp production, especially by small farmers. This will be accomplished by the development of two training modules, one on disease management and the other on appropriate antibiotic use, with curriculum and content supplied by RAF’s experts, structured into online modules translated into Vietnamese, distributed online and face-to-face, with awareness and support to be developed among government officials, regulators, academics, and the industry.
As part of the planned global community platform of best practices, this project complements work being done in other areas, including Aquaculture Improvement Projects, national development strategies, and market requirements. Examples of responsible aquaculture practices that must be taught and will make their way to the global community of aquaculture practitioners include:
- Farm; water quality, feed, harvest, sanitation, disease and business practices
- Hatchery; breeding, algae and biosecurity
- Feed Mill; traceability, formulation and fish meal supply
- Processing Plant; water discharge, social issues, food safety and sourcing
- At the Policy Level; zonal management, carrying capacity, surveillance, training on the ground, process, emergency response, R&D, economic subsidies and disease issues lab capacities
The education platform will provide factory and pond level workers, supervisors, managers and government inspection staff with sufficient competency to design and implement food safety measures and responsible aquaculture practices aligned with related sustainability requirements that will make a difference in the ability of the country to meet the expectations of the market place.