WorldFish works to better understand and improve food purchasing and consumption patterns among poor and vulnerable people.
Globally, more than two billion people are estimated to be deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A, iron and zinc. Micronutrient deficiencies during pregnancy and early childhood can severely affect health and development, often leading to irreversible effects.
When available and affordable, the consumption of animal source foods can alleviate nutritional deficiencies and are a key component in a balanced and nutritious diet. For many people living in developing countries, especially those living near coastal and inland waters, fish are the primary animal source food. Some small fish, when eaten whole, provide a particularly rich source of calcium, vitamin A, iron and zinc. To better understand the contribution to nutrition that fish can make, WorldFish is studying the nutritional value of different species.
Together with our partners, WorldFish is pursuing nutrition research through the CGIAR Research Programs on Aquatic Agricultural Systems and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health.