Enhancing the contributions of aquaculture and fisheriesto reduce poverty and improve food security and nutrition
Field Notes: Nigeria’s fish processors call for government support to stay afloat during COVID-19 crisisAs Nigeria’s fish processors struggle to manage disruptions caused by COVID-19 lockdowns, they are calling for government stimulus and easing of access to credit to ensure their business survive. COVID-19 lockdowns have forced entrepreneur Olubunmi Aderinsola Agbato to make some tough decisions for...
Field Notes: Call for government support as lockdown bites into fish processors’ profits in IndiaLockdown restrictions in India have hit fish processors at the peak of their season and created economic hardships causing business closures. Small-scale processers are calling for government support to improve the flow of fish to consumers, who rely on the staple as a key source of protein and...
Global women in aquaculture: Synergy experiences and lessons for young women in Aquaculture - WAS Africa webinarThe "Global Women in Aquaculture: Synergy experiences and lessons for young women in Aquaculture " is part of a series of Webinars, convened by World Aquaculture Society Africa. Be sure to mark the event by WAS Africa, FAO and WorldFish’s colleagues featuring speakers Dr. Melba Bondad- Reantaso ,...
What we do
Fisheries and aquaculture contribute to livelihoods for 800 million people and provide 3.2 billion people with 20 percent of their animal protein. Fish is a rich source of micronutrients and essential fatty acids, which are critical to cognitive and physical development. In low-income and food-deficit countries, fish is often the cheapest and most accessible animal-source food.
To meet future demand for fish, particularly in developing countries, production will need to double by 2030. The scale of this challenge requires research innovations across the whole spectrum of aquaculture and fisheries production systems and value chains.
In collaboration with national governments and partners, the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) leads research to enhance sustainability, productivity and access to fish by those most in need.
A fish agri-food system is an interconnected and interdependent system involving components of fish production, through to processing, marketing and consumption. The CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) aims to enhance the sustainability, productivity and resilience of fish agri-food systems to reduce poverty, enhance food and nutrition security, and improve natural resource systems.
The overarching research question for the program is: How can we optimize the contributions of aquaculture and small-scale fisheries to reduce poverty and improve food and nutrition security, while enhancing environmental sustainability? Research is focused on the two interlinked challenges of sustainable aquaculture and sustaining small-scale fisheries, with integrated crosscutting themes of gender, youth, capacity development and climate change.
Where we work
FISH pursues an integrated body of research in six focal countries. Three are in Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia and Myanmar) and three are in Africa (Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia). In addition, the program focuses on Egypt as a research hub and training center for our aquaculture capacity development in Africa, and Solomon Islands as a hub for our learning networks on small-scale governance in the Pacific.
Latest Research Projects
Fish For LivelihoodsCapture fisheries are declining in Myanmar, yet 60% of their animal sourced food is fish. To meet the growing demand for fish, aquaculture production is increasing. It is essential that Myanmar develops a sustainable aquaculture industry that minimizes potential environmental impacts and ensures...
IDEA: Income, Diets and Empowerment through AquacultureIDEA: Income, Diets and Empowerment through Aquaculture project aims to enhance the incomes, diets and nutrition of smallholder families. The project embeds proven technologies in Bangladesh by harnessing public and private sector products and services to increase the productivity of smallholder...
Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT)The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other agencies. The aquaculture compact is one of 15 compacts comprising TAAT led by WorldFish. Ten countries were selected for the TAAT Aquaculture Compact (TAC): the...