Pond Dynamics/Aquaculture is one of nine active Collaborative Research Support Programs (CRSPs). The purpose of the CRSPs is to increase international food production and incorporate scientific developments to minimize food and nutrition problems in developing countries. CRSPs were formed to benefit collaborating countries and the United States through the active participation of US universities and institutions in host countries. To date 55 US universities and academic, governmental, and nongovernmental institutions from 55 countries, as well as over 2,000 scientists from the US and abroad, are working with one or more CRSPs.
The following are among the major benefits of CRSP activities:
Exchange of ideas and application of research developments to host country and US farms and ponds.
Training and education for host country individuals and post-graduate education for students abroad and in the US.
Formation of international networks that benefit researchers, consumers, and producers.
Enhancement of food production in developing countries and the US from the results of collaborative research.
The CRSPs were developed through an amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. The amendment, entitled "Famine Prevention and Freedom from Hunger," was passed by the US Congress in 1975. Congress created this amendment after recognizing the positive impacts US land grant institutions had on agriculture in the US. The objective was to apply this information to developing countries in order to address food production and consumption issues, prevent hunger, and build an economic foundation for future growth. The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), a presidentially appointed committee, was created to implement this important foreign assistance program. Funding for CRSP activities are provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and participating institutions.
The nine CRSPs that are currently active address topics from pest management to peanuts. The following website has more information about the CRSPs and links to individual CRSP websites: <www.ianr.unl.edu/crsps/intro.htm>.