Enhancing the contributions of aquaculture and fisheriesto reduce poverty and improve food security and nutrition
2021 Borlaug Lecture: Aquatic foods for nourishing nationsJoin 2021 World Food Prize Laureate Shakuntala Thilsted in this lecture on aquatic foods at Iowa State University as part of this year’s Borlaug Dialogues. Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021 Time: 09:00 (UTC+8) Click here to watch the livestream and learn more Aquatic foods are superfoods, providing...
Expo Dubai 2020 Program for People and Planet: World Food DayA global expo to explore call for solidarity in rethinking and reshaping food security and agri-food systems to ensure healthy lives and sustain people and the planet. Date: Saturday, 16 October 2021 Time: All Day Click here to register and save your spot (Please note: This is a paid event. ) In...
Follow the Food: Food Security: Reversing the declineA virtual event exploring findings and solutions on global hunger and food insecurity in Asia, Middle East and Africa, North America, Latin America and Europe. Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021 Time: 21:00-22:00 (UTC+8) Click here to register and save your spot Global hunger is on the rise, reversing...
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
Harnessing Machine Learning to Estimate Aquaculture Production and Value Chain Performance in BangladeshDigital technologies are undergoing a revolution. Artificial intelligence (machine learning), remote sensing, smartphones, mobile internet, social media, and open source data collection and video production software open up an array of new possibilities for cheaply collecting, analyzing and...
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...
The Aquaculture: Increasing income, diversifying diets and empowering women in Bangladesh and NigeriaThe Aquaculture: Increasing income, diversifying diets and empowering women in Bangladesh and Nigeria 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...