Asia is home to over 50 percent of the world’s poorest people (Roser 2016) and, in South Asia, the highest numbers of undernourished people (FAO 2016). Over two-thirds of the global supply of fish comes from this region, where a large proportion is consumed domestically (ibid.). Fish provides about 19 percent of the animal-source protein in the region (Beveridge et al. 2013) and is the main or supplementary source of employment, livelihoods and income for more than 47 million people (including China) (FAO 2016).

In Cambodia, fisheries and aquaculture are the main source of nutrition and income, providing around 75 percent of total animal-source protein (FAO 2013) and accounting for 12 percent of the country’s GDP (Mekong River Commission 2016). In Myanmar, households spend nearly as much on fish (14 percent of food expenditure) as on rice (19 percent of food expenditure), the country’s staple food (Belton et al. 2015).

FISH has research programs in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam. FISH focuses its research on developing sustainable aquaculture, integrating aquaculture with agriculture, increasing small-scale aquaculture productivity, rehabilitating and sustaining coastal fisheries, increasing the production and consumption of small-fish for nutrition and health, and promoting inland fisheries co-management approaches.

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Cristiano Rossignoli is the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and Impact Assessment ...

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Shakuntala Thilsted is the Research Program Leader for Value Chains and Nutrition at WorldFi...

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John Benzie leads the genetics group at WorldFish. He has more than 25 years of research exp...

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M.A. Sattar Mandal is an emeritus Professor at the Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU)....

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Essam was previously Head of Blue Economy at the International Institute for Environment and...

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Vietnam has a high reliance on coastal fisheries and, as an emerging hub for seafood trade, ...

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In the Philippines, a FISH scaling country, two-thirds of the country’s population depends o...

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Fish is one of the most important sources of animal protein and micronutrients in Myanmar wi...

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In June 2016, the Malaysian Department of Fisheries (DoF) and WorldFish signed an agreement ...

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Indonesia, a scaling country for FISH, is the world’s second largest seafood producer. About...

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India was a scaling country for FISH and provided ample opportunities for scaling technologi...

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Fish is a major part of the Cambodian diet, accounting for 61 percent of households’ animal ...

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In Bangladesh, aquatic foods play a central role in dietary patterns, livelihoods and cultur...

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