WorldFish is researching strategies to improve the availability, accessibility and consumption of nutrient-rich, safe fish by poor consumers, particularly women and children.

This research program aims to increase the availability, accessibility and consumption of nutrient-rich fish by poor consumers, with particular emphasis on women and children in the first 1,000 days of life. We focus on specific geographies in Asia and Africa that leverage synergies with our work on aquaculture and small-scale fisheries production, and where the potential for direct impacts at scale is high.

To boost fish consumption by the poor and improve fish value chains, WorldFish and its development partners are currently conducting research in:

We will accelerate the development and implementation of novel, nutrition-sensitive, aquaculture and fisheries production technologies. Research on nutrition outcomes will help guide the integration of small fish in polyculture pond systems, enhance feed composition to improve nutritional quality for consumers, and build evidence on strategies for homestead and landscape-scale integration of fish, crops, and vegetable production.

We will analyze fish value chains in order to reduce losses and improve food safety and nutritional quality. Research on reducing loss and waste will focus on overcoming processing and marketing barriers that reduce the availability, accessibility and affordability of nutritious and safe fish to poor consumers.

Despite the rich nutritional value of fish, intake by pregnant and lactating women, especially among the poor, is low, and infants and young children are often not fed fish. To increase consumption of nutritious fish in the first 1,000 days of life, we will continue to develop novel fish-based products such as those piloted in Bangladesh, and make them accessible to women and children to address nutrient gaps. We will test scalable production methods and marketing approaches with the private and public sectors and NGO partners, including through women-led entrepreneurship. Research will also help develop and test behavior change communication interventions aimed at increasing fish in the diets of those most in need. 

Program impact by 2022

As an international non-profit research organization committed to reducing poverty and hunger, WorldFish seeks to maximize the health, social and economic impact of our work.


WorldFish’s contribution to the SDGs

As an international non-profit research organization committed to reducing poverty and hunger, WorldFish seeks to maximize the health,  social and economic impact of our work.