daykin otowauri harohau
Trained as a marine biologist, I spent a number of years of my professional career working with WorldFish in my home country of Solomon Islands. My interest in rural livelihoods stemmed from my experience working with rural communities on small-scale tilapia farming in the Solomons. Tilapia production from household ponds has the potential to contribute to food security and income of the rural poor. However, production so far has failed to translate into tangible livelihood benefits. My interest in understanding this gap led me to pursue a PhD at James Cook University. Beyond this project, my goal is to develop a better understanding of rural livelihoods, especially in the Solomon Islands (or Pacific Islands) context. More importantly, how people’s livelihoods are affected by interventions or innovations in their rural contexts (either from within or by external agents). This is important for providing valuable information based on empirical data/research to inform policies and implementation strategies of agencies (Govt, private sector, NGO’s) focusing on rural small-scale aquaculture development in tropical developing countries.