Fish is the animal-source food with the most rapidly-growing production in the world, and in low-income food-deficit countries it is often the cheapest and most accessible for poor consumers.

Working with national governments and partners, the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-food Systems (FISH) focuses on improving the productivity of fisheries and aquaculture to reduce poverty and improve food and nutrition security.

The overarching research question for the program is: How can we optimize the joint contributions of aquaculture and small-scale fisheries in select geographies 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. Central to this research are the cross cutting themes of gender, youth, climate change and nutrition.

By using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach, WorldFish addresses critical gaps in research that need to be filled to build evidence on the most promising pathways to impact.