What we do

In collaboration with national governments and partners, the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) led research to enhance sustainability, productivity and access to fish by those most in need from 2017 to 2021.

FISH was a multidisciplinary research program led by WorldFish, in partnership with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), James Cook University, the University of Greenwich and Wageningen University & Research. It was designed to answer the overarching research question, “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?”

FISH approached this question using an integrated program that addressed key challenges for sustainable aquaculture and small-scale fisheries, with crosscutting themes of gender, youth, capacity development and climate change. A fish agri-food system is an interconnected and interdependent system involving components of fish production, through to processing, marketing and consumption. FISH developed and implemented research innovations that enhance the role of aquaculture and small-scale fisheries to reduce poverty, improve food and nutrition security, and sustain natural resources and ecosystem services upon which people and the fish agri-food system ultimately depend.