Central to the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agrifood Systems’ (FISH) research are the cross cutting themes of gender, youth, climate change and nutrition.

Safe and rewarding employment

For young women and men, barriers to participating in fisheries and aquaculture value chains range from limited access to fishing grounds, capital and training to perceptions of risk in the sectors.

FISH adopts a youth-responsive research agenda to increase opportunities for safe and rewarding employment and entrepreneurship, and engage youth to determine the factors that enable or hinder participation in decision-making, as well as access to training, technology and finance.

Building resilience to climate change

Climate changes can impact fisheries and aquaculture directly, by influencing production quantities and efficiency, or indirectly, by influencing the market price of fish or the costs of goods and services required by the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. 

FISH conducts research to address mitigation and adaption strategies to climate change and build more resilient ecosystems for those who depend on small-scale aquaculture and fisheries.

Boosting intake of nutritious fish

Deficiencies of micronutrients and essential fatty acids are widespread among people who obtain most of their energy from staple foods such as wheat, maize and rice.

To increase the contribution of fish to reducing these deficiencies, FISH will develop and implement nutrition-sensitive aquaculture and fisheries production technologies, and analyze fish value chains to identify the cause of fish losses and waste.

In addition, FISH will develop novel fish-based products and test scalable production methods and marketing approaches.