In the Philippines, a FISH scaling country, two-thirds of the country’s population depends on coastal resources, including agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries, for their livelihoods. The communities who depend on coastal resources face growing challenges. Fisheries are depleted, and there is an urgent need to improve management while also developing alternative livelihood options. The Philippines is also highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters.

FISH research focuses on increasing aquaculture productivity and resilience, sustainably and equitably enhancing livelihood diversification and increasing adaptive capacity, with a particular focus on the governance of marine and coastal resources.

In addition, community engagement in the Philippines (along with Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Solomon Islands) will target youth—a FISH crosscutting theme—by providing forums for youth inclusion and participation in decision-making. While greater success has been achieved where youth have been involved in management and research (i.e. higher compliance and fit of fisheries management), future FISH research will engage more fully with youth aspirations and support them to have a voice in program-related decisions.

In collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Rice, FISH will test the bioconversion efficiency of different forms of rice waste for conversion into bioactive ingredients for fish feeds, then test the effects on the growth of tilapia and shrimp. Proof-of-concept trials will be conducted in the Philippines in partnership with IRRI and national partners CLSU and BFAR.