Lake Volta, the world’s largest human-made lake (by surface area), is the centerpiece of both the Volta River and the Ghanaian economy, providing a source of hydroelectric power and vast populations of fish for local people.

In an innovative partnership, WorldFish and the Water Research Institute (WRI) in Ghana have been working together for more than 15 years to develop the faster growing Akosombo strain of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) through a selective breeding program.

The collaboration has established WRI as a trusted fishery resource for the entire region. Surplus fish is exported to Côte d’Ivoire and other neighboring countries, and Ghana has become a hub for tilapia breeding in the region.

Research in Ghana, a FISH scaling country, will continue to build on this breeding program, with the aim of increasing aquaculture productivity and food and nutrition security within the country and beyond.