Small-Scale Social Aquaculture in Paraguay

Paraguay’s indigenous communities are suffering from a high rate of child undernutrition and lack of accessibility to food. Tilapia ponds have been implemented here as a source for food and economy, however, due to insufficient knowledge and training, the production levels are not enough to provide for all of the people. The community members do not have the proper equipment to make the tilapia ponds a beneficial resource. SIGHT Paraguay has taken on this challenge by implementing appropriate technologies aligned with the community’s particular needs and also contributing to food security with fish production.

This project was carried out in Mbokaja’i indigenous community located 18 km from Vaqueria, Paraguay. SIGHT Paraguay pooled knowledge from local resources such as Natán Foundation, the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the National University of Asuncion, the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the National University of Asunción, and much more to provide a project that would meet the community’s needs the best way possible. The knowledge and technologies gained from these different resources helped the SIGHT group implement new tilapia ponds equipped with solar water pumps, solar lighting, and mechanized fish harvesting systems.